Buffalo, Cheektowaga and Niagara Falls collectively rank 12th among American cities as destinations for a growing millennial population. A Time magazine report looking at research from the Urban Land Institute found that many of the cities seeing the most relative growth are actually smaller cities.
The report looked at 50 metro areas and compared millennial populations from 2010 and 2015. Only 11 cities saw a decrease in millennials. The researchers specifically looked at populations of 25-to-34-year-olds.
1,881 more millennials were living in Buffalo in 2015 than were in 2010. That makes for a 6% increase and places the area among the top cities in the country where millennials are choosing to move.
The top five cities in the report are:
- Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC (16.4% change)
- Richmond, VA (14.9% change)
- Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA (11.7% change)
- Memphis, TN-MS-AR (9.5% change)
- New Orleans-Metairie, LA (8.5% change)
The report also notes that some of the growth is due to the large number of people born 25 years ago. The ratio of 25-34 year olds living in cities compared to suburbs has remained unchanged nationally between 2010 and 2015. The report says 21% of people in that age range live in cities and 73% lived in suburbs.