Big cities are a big draw for Gen Z: These are the areas that Gen Z is rapidly migrating to

February 27, 2023

source: USA TODAY

Gen Z and the city – a love story?

Just as millennials, Gen Xers and baby boomers fled big cities during the pandemic in search of warmer weather and lower costs of living, the youngest adults (Ages 18-24) bucked the trend and moved in droves to some of the largest cities in the country.

The five largest U.S. cities – New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, and Philadelphia – all had net migration increases for Gen Z while experiencing net decreases for all other generations, according to an analysis of Census Bureau 2021 American Community Survey by Today's Homeowner.

While millennials abandoned NYC in droves, with 96,600 members fleeing the city, the Big Apple turned out into a big draw for Gen Z, gaining over 3,043 members of this generation – the largest net gain for NYC across all age groups, according to the report.


  1. Washington, D.C.
  2. Columbia, SC
  3. Boston, MA
  4. Atlanta, GA
  5. Austin, TX
  6. Nashville, TN
  7. Syracuse, NY
  8. Philadelphia, PA
  9. Madison, WI
  10. Tampa, FL

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