The so-called “urban wave” of young people moving to cities continues. So which are the best ones for millennials to live in?
According to Growella, mid-size cities Durham, N.C., Pittsburgh, Pa. and Nashville, Tenn. top the list.
“For each city, we wanted to ask: ‘If you lived here, could you make it?'” explains financial education website Growella founder Dan Green.
For the rankings, Cincinnati-based Growella measured and weighted the following six factors:
- How many entry-level jobs are available in the city? (7.5 percent of score)
- How much time is spent commuting in the city? (7.5 percent of score
- What’s the public transportation situation like in the city? (10 percent of score)
- How many other young people live there? (15 percent of score)
- What’s the after-work and weekend scene like in the city? (10 percent of score)
- How far does a paycheck get you in the city? (50 percent of score)
Cities with a score of 90 or above were graded an “A.” Here are the top 25 cities.
1. Durham, N.C.
Why it is great for millennials*: The number of available jobs in Durham is almost three times higher than the average of the cities analyzed. At the same time, the cost of living is 6 percent lower than the national average, and it ranked in the top 15 for ease of commute. Durham is also in the top five for the number of other young people (ages 20 to 29) living there.
2. Pittsburgh, Pa.
Why it is great for millennials: Salaries in Pittsburgh are average compared to other cities analyzed, but because the cost of living is 11 percent lower than average, the paycheck goes further. Also, the percentage of people who walk or take public transportation in Pittsburgh is 92 percent higher than the average for other cities.
3. Nashville, Tenn.
Why it is great for millennials: There number of job openings in Music City is 42 percent higher than the average for cities Growella studied. Also, Nashville ranked eighth for “strength of paycheck,” which measures take-home pay after living expenses.
4. Des Moines, Iowa
Why it is great for millennials: Des Moines earned it’s spot for its strong job market and modest cost of living. There are 41 percent more job openings in Des Moines than average and the city is in the top 10 for the “strength of paycheck” measure. Also, the city ranks sixth for shortest commute times.
5. Charlotte, N.C.
Why it is great for millennials: Job openings are 27 percent better than average in this southern banking hub and your pay check will take you far (ranked seventh in “strength of paycheck”). Also, Charlotte ranks eleventh for availability of local nightlife.
6. Syracuse, N.Y.
Why it is great for millennials: It’s easy to get around in Syracuse and there’s a pretty hot nightlife scene for young people (it’s ranked number two). Syracuse is also in the top 10 for the shortest commute times, according to the Growella data.
7. Columbus, Ohio
Why it is great for millennials: Ohio’s capital has better than average job openings and is ranked fifth for the “strength of the paycheck” metric.
8. Austin, Texas
Why it is great for millennials: The home of the South by Southwest music, film and tech festivals ranked third for “strength of paycheck” and in the top 15 for the number of young people living there.
9. Greenville, S.C.
Why it is great for millennials: Greenville has 49 percent more job openings than the average city Growella studied, the cost of living is 12 percent lower and it ranks in the top 20 for young population.
10. Houston, Texas
Why it is great for millennials: Houston topped the list for its “strength of paycheck” ranking. After taxes and weighed for cost of living, your take-home income goes further in Houston than any other city Growella analyzed.
11. Albany, N.Y.
Why it is great for millennials: Albany secured its spot in the top 15 in part for its public transportation system, the local Capital District Transportation Authority. Just over one in 10 residents walk or use public transit to get to work.
12. Dallas, Texas
Why it is great for millennials: Dallas’s “strength of paycheck” measure is almost 24 percent better than average and the cost of living is 11 percent lower than average.
13. Indianapolis, Ind.
Why it is great for millennials: Indianapolis boasts the fourth strongest paycheck and the second lowest cost of living of all the cities Growella analyzed.
14. Harrisburg, Pa.
Why it is great for millennials: Harrisburg, Pa., ranks third for the most jobs available and is in the top 20 for shortest commute times. Also, the number of full-time entry level job openings are more than twice the average, making it a good spot for young people just getting their careers started.
15. Fayetteville, Ark.
Why it is great for millennials: Fayetteville has a reasonably strong “paycheck strength” (it ranked in the top 20). Also, the city was fifth best for shortest commute times and in the top 10 for its young population.
16. Cincinnati, Ohio
17. St. Louis, Mo.
Why it is great for millennials: St. Louis’s “strength of paycheck” is 14 percent stronger than average and the cost of living is 12 percent lower than average.
18. Lubbock, Texas
Why it is great for millennials: Lubbock residents spend the least amount of time commuting compared to any other city Growella studied. Also, it rated second in number of young people living there. Also, Lubbock has a relatively low cost of living and a relatively strong paycheck rank.
19. Gainesville, Fla.
Why it is great for millennials: Home to the University of Florida, Gainesville, it has more young people 20 to 29 than any other city measured. Also, the home of the Gators is in the top 10 for lowest commute times.
20. Omaha, Neb.
Why it is great for millennials: Warren Buffett’s hometown has a 14 percent lower cost of living than the national average and commute times are 11 percent better than average.
21. Corpus Christi, Texas
Why it is great for millennials: The cost of living in Corpus Christi is 12 percent lower than average.
22. Raleigh, N.C.
Why it is great for millennials: Raleigh has 46 percent more full-time, entry-level job openings than the other cities studied by Growella. Also, the cost of living in Raleigh is lower than average, contributing to an 11 percent higher than average “strength of paycheck.”
23. Dayton, Ohio
Why it is great for millennials: Dayton is in the top 25 for lowest commuting times, and it’s ranked number 20 for both cost of living and “strength of paycheck.” Dayton comes in at 16 for the number of full-time, entry-level job openings.
24. Lexington, Ky.
Why it is great for millennials: The cost of living in Lexington is about 10 percent lower than the average.
25. Knoxville, Tenn.
Why it is great for millennials: Knoxville has an above average number job openings combined with solid salaries and a cost of living 13 percent below average.
*For the purposes of Growella’s rankings, millennials were considered anyone between the ages of 20 to 34.
Source: CNBC Make it.
Things to do in the fall to ready your home for winter.
October and November are ideal times to winterize your home in North Carolina. The days are finally starting to cool off, but we likely have not had a freeze yet.
Tackle these tasks to make sure your home stays warm throughout winter and your exterior looks good in the spring.
1. Rake your leaves.
Rake your leaves to make sure no piles of leaves are interfering with your grass’ ability to breath. Grass needs sunlight and oxygen to stay healthy, even when it’s dormant.
*Helpful Tip: Use your leaves for compost! If you don’t have a compost bin set up, it can be incredibly easy to make one. Designate an area in your yard and toss leaves, grass trimmings, and compostable food waste in there to produce fertile soil for your garden in the spring.
**Helpful Tip: Fertilize your lawn to help with weed prevention and healthy growth in the spring.
2. Speaking of leaves, this is also a good time to clean out your gutters.
Even if you don’t have a ton of leaves on the ground, you might be surprised with the amount of leaves and debris you can find in your gutters. For the sake of your gutters, siding, and foundation, it’s important to keep these clear for proper drainage.
3. Check foundation and roof for cracks or leaks.
If you are reading this, you are likely a Thayer Homes homeowner, meaning your foundation and roof are relatively very new. Although you are not likely to find any issues, it’s always wise to check for them before finding out through catastrophe, especially in the cold winter.
*Helpful tip: A roof rake will help you clear off accumulated snow on your roof, which is built to hold up to 4ft of snow before possible collapse.
4. Protect your pipes from freezing.
Remove the water hose from the spout connected to the homebefore freezing temps. If hoses are left attached, leftover water in the hose will freeze and likely expand into the pipe. If the ice expands into the pipe, there is a chance it could cause the pipe to burst and leak. Also make sure to turn off your A/C water valve to prevent water collecting and freezing in the unit.
Helpful Tip:You can purchase pipe insulation from your local hardware store to help prevent freezing.