Just 11.2% of Americans moved in the past year — an all-time low. This is mostly due to low migration levels among millennials, who are far less likely to migrate than older generations. Still, the likelihood of picking up and moving to a new place remains highest among young people 18 to 34 years old.
Such a major life transition is a serious decision and involves important considerations. Subjective factors like the presence of friends and family are often the main reasons for selecting a particular destination, but they are highly personal. More practical considerations such as affordable housing, work availability, and desirable amenities, on the other hand, are more quantifiable and apply to everyone attempting to relocate. In the United States, some places are far more attractive to young people than others.
> Commuting zone: Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX
> Young adults who arrived in last year: 5.0% of population
> 2010-2015 chg. of 18-34 pop.: 4.7%
> Median home value: $87,900
> 2016 Unemployment rate: 7.6%
24/7 Wall St. reviewed U.S. counties with the most migrants age 18 to 34 who moved there last year as a share of the overall population. Because many counties with a large share of such young migrant population included college towns, and because college students are often temporary residents, we excluded areas where a relatively large percentage of the pop are students. Specifically, we excluded counties where college students comprise a larger share of the population compared to their share nationwide.
Between 5% and 11% of the populations of 33 counties are young people who moved there in the last year, versus the average across all counties of 2.9%.