This Is the Best State for Millennials

Washington offers a warm welcome if you're between the ages of 25 and 40
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted May 25, 2021 10:30 AM CDT
This Is the Best State for Millennials
Millennials will thrive in Washington state, per WalletHub.   (Getty Images/Alessandro Biascioli)

Millennials end up in headlines quite a bit, and the latest one offers some guidance on where they might be able to live their best lives. WalletHub examined this demographic—generally defined as those born between 1981 and 1996, making them between 25 and 40 in 2021—and where they've done well and struggled across the US. To determine the best places to live for this cohort, the site looked at all 50 states and the District of Columbia, using nearly three dozen metrics in five main categories: affordability, education and health, quality of life, economic health, and civic engagement. Washington state holds the most allure for the millennial set, while West Virginia falls at the bottom of the list. See where other states fell in WalletHub's ranking:

Best States

  1. Washington (No. 1 in "Affordability" category)
  2. District of Columbia (No. 1 in "Education & Health," "Quality of Life" categories)
  3. Utah (No. 1 in "Economic Health" category)
  4. Massachusetts
  5. Iowa
  6. Minnesota
  7. Colorado
  8. North Dakota
  9. Wisconsin
  10. Pennsylvania
Worst States
  1. Rhode Island
  2. South Carolina
  3. Alabama
  4. Kentucky
  5. Arkansas
  6. Louisiana
  7. Nevada
  8. Mississippi
  9. New Mexico
  10. West Virginia
See where other states fall here. (Millennials are flocking to these cities.)

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