Arlington a Magnet for Millennials


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While popular with those of all ages, it seems Arlington is particularly a magnet for millennials these days. In fact, a personal finance website just came out with a new ranking putting Arlington in the top 10 when it comes to “Where Millennials Are Moving”.

SmartAsset.com recently crunched the data to find out where millennials were moving the most, and Arlington made the cut. The website considered Census data for more than 250 cities across the nation, then ranked them by the percentage of “newly-transplanted millennials”.

In the new study, Arlington took sixth place. According to SmartAsset, more than 11-percent of residents are new millennials. SmartAsset reports that nearly 27,000 millennials moved into Arlington in 2022 and the median age was just over 35.

Cambridge, Massachusetts came out at the top of the list, followed by Santa Clara, California. Seattle, Washington took third place. Behind Arlington, Alexandria took 13th place and DC took 15th place.

Arlington was at the very top of the list in terms of the percentage of millennials moving in from out of state. The study isn’t necessarily surprising, as several years ago Niche.com ranked Arlington the “Best City for Millennials”. At the time, Arlington received high marks for its diversity and nightlife, as well as for its public schools and for being a good place for families.

Separately, Zillow also recently ranked the places with the most affluent millennials, and a few years ago Arlington ranked at the top of that list, too. While Arlington isn’t always easy on the budget, it is more affordable than DC.

There are several unique neighborhoods to choose from in Arlington too, including lively Clarendon and innovative Crystal City, which serves as home to Amazon’s HQ2. Trendy restaurants exist in Pentagon City, while Shirlington is known for its local boutique shops and its tree-line sidewalks.

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