Forget San Francisco, Washington D.C. and New York City.
There are cities where twenty- and thirty-somethings who can’t afford to spend $2,500 can and want to live.
The Penny Hoarder has developed a definitive list of the top 25 coolest and most affordable cities for millennials. It’s based on a rigorous analysis of housing and local price data, economic statistics and something called a Coffee Fanatic Score. Yes, you read that right.
You probably haven’t seen many of these cities on “Top Millennial City” lists before, and that’s for good reason.
These are cities where young people crippled with student loan debt can actually find work and afford a one-bedroom apartment, but also find a new brewery or wine bar on weekends. Their millennial populations are growing — or already sizable — and they tend to be better for walking or biking to work.
No. 12 — Roanoke, Virginia
- Affordability Rank: 5
- Millennial Happiness Rank: 18
- Economy Health Rank: 15
Things to do: The Roanoke Valley Greenways combines two things millennials care about when considering a new city: the outdoors and walkability. Roanoke also has a wealth of parks: Explore Park, Mill Mountain Park and trails along Roanoke Mountain. You don’t even need your own bike — and if you do have a car, MetroMile can make your insurance payments more manageable.