The 50 Best Cities For Millennials To Live Right Now

As the largest generation in history begins to get older, one thing has become clear: When it comes to where they want to live, the suburbs won't cut it for millennials. This trailblazing generation is putting down roots and seeking out cities that offer access to thriving business ecosystems, affordable cost of living, a high quality of life, smart technology and more

Amsterdam, Netherlands.
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Amsterdam, Netherlands.

And guess what? Millennials don't feel a need to stay in the U.S. This nomadic generation is willing to look far and wide for the best the world has to offer.

The apartment-searching website Nestpick recently issued a comprehensive list of the best cities around the world for millennials. For its "Millennials Cities Ranking," the company compared thousands of places to come up with a list of top spots. The data points were based on 16 factors, including employment offerings, startup culture, cost of living, gender equality, access to decent healthcare, access to public transportation, internet speed and more. Nestpick also threw in some fun factors, like the price of beer and the number of Apple stores per capita.

Here's the list of the top 50 cities for millennials, along with some surprising stats from the study. Interesting to note is how our country fared: No U.S. city made it into the top 25. At the end of the list, we include the top 10 cities in the United States and how they ranked in the global list.

Top 50 Cities In The World

1. Amsterdam, Netherlands: Not only did this European city rank the highest overall, it also was the top spot for LGBT friendliness, a key factor for millennials, who — as Nestpick points out — are defined by "their tolerant, open and live-and-let-live mindsets." The LGBT friendliness score was based upon data from ILGA Annual Rainbow Report, as well as legislation, acceptance and inclusion.

2. Berlin, Germany: Millennials like to work and play hard, and this city's top ranking for nightlife — based on the number of clubs and the opening times — helped propel Berlin to the upper reaches of the list.

3. Munich, Germany

4. Lisbon, Portugal

5. Antwerp, Belgium

6. Barcelona, Spain

7. Lyon, France: This historic city in France’s Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region ranked top for health, meaning access to decent healthcare and fitness options. The health ranking was calculated based on The World Health Report conducted by the United Nations.


8. Cologne, Germany

9. Paris, France

10. Vancouver, Canada

11. Lille, France

12. Zurich, Switzerland

13. Valencia, Spain

14. The Hague, Netherlands

15. Montreal, Canada

16. London, United Kingdom

17. Rotterdam, Netherlands

18. Nantes, France

19. Prague, Czech Republic

20. Helsinki, Finland: This Finnish city ranked top for gender equality, a stat based on The Global Gender Gap Report 2016 by the World Economic Forum.

21. Manchester, United Kingdom

22. Bordeaux, France

23. Auckland, New Zealand

24. Toronto, Canada

25. Bristol, United Kingdom


26. Oslo, Norway: This waterfront city ranked highest for public transportation. The transport score factored in the length of the metro network, the number of metro stops, the length of the tram network and the number of tram lines per capita. It also considered the availability of Uber and the existence of a way to access bike sharing.

27. Marseille, France

28. Madrid, Spain

29. Vienna, Austria

30. Glasgow, United Kingdom

31. Birmingham, United Kingdom

32. Hamburg, Germany

33. Dublin, Ireland: Diverse Dublin took the top ranking for immigration tolerance, a stat taken from the 2016 Social Progress Index conducted by The Social Progress Imperative

34. Montpelier, France

35. Utrecht, Netherlands

36. Ottawa, Canada

37. Frankfurt, Germany

38. Graz, Austria

39. Brussels, Belgium

40. Porto, Portugal

41. Austin, Texas, United States: Not only was Austin the highest ranking U.S. city, it ranked top for internet speed.

42. Groningen, Netherlands

43. Geneva, Switzerland: This Swiss city had the greatest number of Apple stores per capita.

44. Edinburgh, United Kingdom


45. San Francisco, California, United States: Not surprisingly, San Francisco ranked number one for startup score, which was calculated by dividing the population by the total number of startup companies, using business registration data from each individual city. Nestpick divided the number of startups by population to represent how accessible jobs may be for citizens.

46. Athens, Greece

47. Bangkok, Thailand: This Asian metropolis had the number-one employment score, which was calculated based on unemployment data from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. (The lowest unemployment rate resulted in the best employment score.) Bangkok also ranked highest for tourism, which Nestpick called an important factor, given that high levels of tourism results in increased numbers of entry level jobs and helps attracts younger crowds — one of the first steps to relocating to a city. The tourism ranking was calculated based on the number of overnight stays in each city for ages 18 to 35 years, using data from the World Tourism Organization.

48. Seville, Spain

49. Granada, Spain

50. Denver, Colorado, United States

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