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Denver Among Top 5 Cities For Millenials
From Caitlin Hendee, Denver Business Journal:
Denver has seen tremendous population growth, and with it have come transit-oriented development, bike lanes, walkable urbanism, and job growth in many industries, like tech and finance.
Also, city leaders have focused on building Denver's image as an urban center ideal for young professionals.
Those factors could all be reasons why the Mile High City has been ranked among the 10 U.S. cities where millennials make up the largest percentage of the total population.
That's according to a report released December 17 by Headlight Data, a data information system for workforce development.
Headlight analyzed U.S. Census Bureau data from 2014 (the most recent year available) to compile its report.
"Interest in Denver’s youthful, vibrant lifestyle is attracting millennials to Denver. I’m excited and honored to be mayor at a time that will help shape Denver’s future," Hancock said in and interview with the DBJ at the start of his second term in June 2015.
Part of that future means creating the types of things that are generally applauded among millennials — like more co-working spaces, help for entrepreneurs and mobility options.
"We want to grow the momentum to create businesses, so they have an ecosystem that incubates them from the start to the Fortune 500,” Hancock said in June.
Those goals seem to be working. Millennials make up 15.9 percent of Denver's total population, ranking Denver 5th of all metropolitan areas.
But if city leaders want to continue attracting the 18 to 35-year-olds, they'll have some competition. Cities like Rochester and Buffalo, New York, are attracting new millennial residents at the highest rates in the country, at 1.9 and 1.1 percentage points, respectively, between 2009 and 2014.
Denver doesn't even make it into the top 10 in terms of attracting new millennials.
Hancock said one of his goals is to build on that vibe and attract more people to the city.
"Quality of life is built on jobs and mobility — the ability to get to those jobs, we have a biking and walking culture and we’re growing, they’re coming here," he said.
Austin, TX, Salt Lake City, UT, San Diego, CA, and Seattle, WA are the four cities ranked ahead of Denver.
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