2017 Best Counties for Millennials Methodology

The 2017 Best Counties for Millennials ranking provides a comprehensive assessment of key factors that are meaningful for millennials and young professionals at the county level. This grade takes into account key factors, such as access to bars and restaurants, affordability, and job opportunities, in an attempt to measure the appeal of an area for millennials. Learn where our data comes from.

Factors Considered

Factor Description Source Weight
Residents 25-34 Years Old Percentage of residents between the ages of 25 and 34. U.S. Census 15.0%
Access to Bars A measure of both the proximity (per square mile) and the availability (per capita) of Bars and similar establishments. Niche 12.5%
Access to Coffee Shops A measure of both the proximity (per square mile) and the availability (per capita) of Coffee Shops and similar establishments. Niche 12.5%
Access to Restaurants A measure of both the proximity (per square mile) and the availability (per capita) of Full-Service Restaurants. Niche 12.5%
Higher Education Rate Percentage of residents who have received a bachelor’s degree or higher. U.S. Census 12.5%
Cost of Living Grade Based on the consumer price index and access to affordable housing. Niche 10.0%
Diversity Grade Based on ethnic, generational and economic diversity. Niche 7.5%
Composite Overall Score Niche survey responses scored on a 1-5 scale regarding the overall experience of the county. Self-reported by Niche users 5.0%
Crime & Safety Grade Based on violent and property crime rates. Niche 5.0%
Percent Change in Employees The percent change in the number of employed individuals from 2011 to 2014 at the county level. U.S. Census 5.0%
Millennial Newcomers The percent of residents between the ages of 25 and 34, who moved into the area within the last year. U.S. Census 2.5%

This ranking assesses 2,774 counties in the U.S. The same methodology is used to produce the Good for Millennials Grade for each ranked county as well as additional places. Statistics are primarily obtained from the U.S. Census and represent the most recent data available.

For more details about how we calculate our rankings, click here.