In big numbers, millennials move into Minneapolis


Minneapolis is one of the fastest growing cities in the United States for young people.

According to a Wall Street Journal report, Minneapolis jumped to #11 in a ranking of 51 major U.S. cities for its attractiveness to the millennial generation.

The report says during the recession-era of 2007-2009, Minneapolis was ranked 41st on that list, but census data from 2010-2012 migration trends show the city was one of the largest jumpers on the list finishing at 11th. Also the city's 4.7 percent unemployment rate is tops in the country for large metro areas.

Washington D.C. topped the list while San Francisco also saw a big jump, from #22 to #6.

One of the reasons that Minneapolis' demographics are changing is because Minnesota is working hard to attract young people, according to a report in the Minnesota Business Magazine.

The young workers are out there. Nearly six million people between the ages of 16-24 are not working or in school in the United States. That's nearly 15 percent of the age group's entire population.

A national campaign called Opportunity Nation is giving Minnesota high marks for its support of young people. The group looked at 16 factors including internet access, college graduation rates, income inequality and public safety. It found that Vermont, Minnesota and North Dakota are at the top of the list when it comes to supporting young adults.

While states like Nevada, Mississippi and New Mexico are at the bottom.

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