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Gen Z is flocking to major US cities while older generations leave in droves

Gen Z is moving to the large U.S. cities that older generations are leaving due to high living costs

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View of the Washington D.C. skyline on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022. Washington D.C. is the city that members of Generation Z are moving to the most. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Associated Press

By analyzing data from the U.S. Census, Today’s Homeowner compiled a report detailing the cities that Generation Z has been moving to most frequently, while other generations are leaving.

Main findings: The report by Today’s Homeowner found that Gen Z seems to be flocking to large metropolitan areas more than the other generations, who are leaving major cities in large numbers because they say these areas are “too expensive.”

  • The data showed that many people are moving away from the Northeast region of the country, with Florida, Texas, North Carolina, Arizona and South Carolina being the states with the most population gain.

The cities Gen Z is leaving: The report says that Gen Z seems to be moving out of Orlando, Denver, San Jose, and Newark. However, they aren’t leaving the “megacities of New York, Los Angeles, or Chicago — all cities that the millennial, Gen X, baby boomer and silent generations are leaving in droves.”

  • Gen Z isn’t moving to Florida, which is the most moved-to state by every other generation, according to USA Today’s coverage of the report.

Cities Gen Z is moving to: According to Census data, Gen Z is moving to the following cities in large numbers:

  1. Washington D.C.
  2. Columbia, South Carolina.
  3. Boston, Massachusetts.
  4. Atlanta, Georgia.
  5. Austin, Texas.
  6. Nashville, Tennessee.
  7. Syracuse, New York.
  8. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  9. Madison, Wisconsin.
  10. Tampa, Florida.
  11. Worcester, Massachusetts.
  12. Seattle, Washington.
  13. Boulder, Colorado.
  14. Charlotte, North Carolina.
  15. Providence, Rhode Island.

Methodology: To gather information for this report, Today’s Homeowner used data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2021 1-year American Community Survey.

  • For this report they used the following age ranges for each generation:
  • Gen Z: Ages 18-24.
  • Millennials: Ages 25-44.
  • Generation X: Ages 45-54.
  • Baby Boomers: Ages 55-74.
  • Silent Generation: Ages 75 and up.