June 14, 2016
Philadelphia is the right place for Millennials, but most don't realize it yet.
The real estate website Abodo conducted a study that asked 2,000 people, who were born between 1982 and 1998, what qualities they look for in a city and what city is the best choice for them.
The results, which were published this month, revealed that Philly hit nearly all Millennials' criteria, but not many selected The City of Brotherly Love as their best choice.
Nearly 1 in 5 respondents - 19.9 percent - chose New York City, while only 0.89 percent selected Philly, making it the 17th-most desired city for Millennials.
Furthermore, respondents from Philadelphia identified Seattle as the perfect city.
After determining the top 20 most desired cities, researchers asked the same people for their most-desired qualities in a city. A thriving job market was the feature most sought after by Millennials, followed closely by affordable rent and affordable home prices.
Of the top 20 qualities most important to Millennials, researchers found that Philly fits 95 percent of the criteria. Boston, Washington, D.C., New York City, Portland and Seattle were tied for second at 90 percent.
The only quality Philly lacks is a highly-rated public school system, however, the only city that offers one is Seattle.
Others qualities Millennials found important were hiking trails, non-chain restaurants, quality pizza, movie theaters, walkability, a downtown area, an LGBTQ-friendly environment, ethnic food, farmers markets, music venues, public transportation, local coffee shops, affordable clothing stores, nearby beach/lake/river and local colleges.
So the more than 1 in 4 working-age millennials in Philly living with their mother don't need to look far for a perfect city.