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How much millennials make in each state

  • #20. Missouri

    Millennial adjusted household median income: $66,144 (14.4% above median household income for all ages)
    Millennial % of population: 25.2% (Tied for #29 highest among all states)
    Millennial unemployment: 4.8% (#19 lowest among all states)
    Millennial labor force participation: 83.4% (#22 highest among all states)

    St. Louis offers affordable housing for millennials. The city is also hailed as a dependable location for starting new businesses.

  • #19. Kansas

    Millennial adjusted household median income: $66,908 (10.2% above median household income for all ages)
    Millennial % of population: 25.2% (Tied for #29 highest among all states)
    Millennial unemployment: 4.2% (#13 lowest among all states)
    Millennial labor force participation: 84.1% (#16 highest among all states)

    Overland Park has become one of the top cities for millennials to move to in Kansas. In the Kansas City metro area, millennials are divided on whether they want to live in suburban or urban areas—though trends lean toward the suburbs.

  • #18. Illinois

    Millennial adjusted household median income: $67,714 (9.9% above median household income for all ages)
    Millennial % of population: 26.7% (#13 highest among all states)
    Millennial unemployment: 5.6% (#32 lowest among all states)
    Millennial labor force participation: 84.8% (#12 highest among all states)

    Illinois served as a good home for millennials in the past. But state taxes are on the rise, and the state has begun to lag in income and job growth.

  • #17. Colorado

    Millennial adjusted household median income: $69,024 (8.2% above median household income for all ages)
    Millennial % of population: 28.7% (#2 highest among all states)
    Millennial unemployment: 4.1% (#12 lowest among all states)
    Millennial labor force participation: 84.7% (#14 highest among all states)

    In recent years, Colorado Springs has emerged as an area where millennials can enjoy a good work-life balance. Denver also has seen an influx of millennials. Both cities tout their natural beauty, economic opportunities, and exciting social life. In addition, millennial entrepreneurs are finding Colorado to be a good state to launch their startups.

  • #16. Wisconsin

    Millennial adjusted household median income: $69,526 (13.6% above median household income for all ages)
    Millennial % of population: 24.5% (#41 highest among all states)
    Millennial unemployment: 3.9% (#9 lowest among all states)
    Millennial labor force participation: 86.9% (#3 highest among all states)

    Wisconsin is trying to attract millennials from other states, including Minnesota and Illinois. Health care companies like Epic Systems are driving millennials to Madison, with a high quality of life and an emphasis on fitness. State government campaigns aim to attract a variety of people to either move to—or stay in—the state, including returning veterans or young college students ready to graduate.

  • #15. Connecticut

    Millennial adjusted household median income: $69,623 (3.1% above median household income for all ages)
    Millennial % of population: 24.0% (Tied for #45 highest among all states)
    Millennial unemployment: 6.3% (#45 lowest among all states)
    Millennial labor force participation: 85.1% (#10 highest among all states)

    With skyrocketing rents, Connecticut has the second-highest number of millennials who live with their parents. Businesses are also having difficulty competing with other states like New York that offer a wider range of social and other activities.

  • #14. Iowa

    Millennial adjusted household median income: $69,739 (11.8% above median household income for all ages)
    Millennial % of population: 24.4% (#42 highest among all states)
    Millennial unemployment: 3.9% (#10 lowest among all states)
    Millennial labor force participation: 86.9% (#4 highest among all states)

    Des Moines has quietly become a hotspot for millennials, with a thriving and underrated arts scene, economic opportunities to start new businesses, and overall good housing options. Industries such as manufacturing, finance, and bioscience are well-represented in the state.

  • #13. Washington

    Millennial adjusted household median income: $70,441 (10.7% above median household income for all ages)
    Millennial % of population: 27.7% (#6 highest among all states)
    Millennial unemployment: 5.1% (#25 lowest among all states)
    Millennial labor force participation: 82.2% (#32 highest among all states)

    The cost of living has been rising in Washington state, but wages have been adequate to keep millennials afloat. For the most part, Seattle is the big Washington attraction for millennials, with plenty of technology companies including Amazon, Microsoft, and Nintendo of America based there or in nearby Redmond.

  • #12. Nebraska

    Millennial adjusted household median income: $70,870 (12.7% above median household income for all ages)
    Millennial % of population: 25.7% (Tied for #24 highest among all states)
    Millennial unemployment: 3.3% (#4 lowest among all states)
    Millennial labor force participation: 86.9% (#5 highest among all states)

    Nebraska offers much more than agriculture. Not only does the City of Omaha have a low cost of living, but it also is known for its thriving art scene. And unlike many other cities, millennials can afford homes there.

  • #11. South Dakota

    Millennial adjusted household median income: $70,989 (15.1% above median household income for all ages)
    Millennial % of population: 24.3% (Tied for #43 highest among all states)
    Millennial unemployment: 3.9% (#8 lowest among all states)
    Millennial labor force participation: 86.1% (#7 highest among all states)

    While Aberdeen may not be the most well-known city, even in South Dakota, the city has attracted many millennials with its arts scene and opportunities for young entrepreneurs. With the low cost of living, South Dakota has a relatively low percentage of millennials still living at home with their parents.

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