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Old 06-13-2009, 10:37 AM
 
Location: Fishers, IN
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With a couple of exceptions, these cities are expensive places to live. So, they're great for Gen Yers so long as they're still in that phase where they're happy sharing a small, crappy apartment with one or two roommates. Once they start having families, however, it all changes.
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Old 06-13-2009, 12:01 PM
 
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As (barely) a member of "gen y" (which is a stupid name, by the way), I'd say that Chicago and Portland, OR are, indeed, glaring omissions. Either is probably better for your average 23 year old than, say, Raleigh.

Atlanta and maybe Athens, GA are also decent choices in my book.
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Old 06-13-2009, 12:03 PM
 
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With a couple of exceptions, these cities are expensive places to live. So, they're great for Gen Yers so long as they're still in that phase where they're happy sharing a small, crappy apartment with one or two roommates. Once they start having families, however, it all changes.
Well... yeah. But that's kind of the point, is it not? That's why this isn't a list of best places to raise a family.

However, most of the younger folks I know are waiting until their late 20s or early 30s to have kids, which really change things. I know tons of young married couples in great cities, but when they start having kids (or when those kids get to be school-aged), they head for more suburban pastures.
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Old 06-13-2009, 12:43 PM
 
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Why in the world is Portland not on here? They can't keep the hipsters from coming. I have a tough time believing Colorado Springs is a more popular destination for young people than Portland or Chicago..
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Old 06-13-2009, 01:20 PM
 
Location: roaming gnome
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Why in the world is Portland not on here? They can't keep the hipsters from coming. I have a tough time believing Colorado Springs is a more popular destination for young people than Portland or Chicago..
well you know better...don't

unless you are young and in the military..
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Old 06-13-2009, 02:39 PM
 
Location: where my heart is
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My very first apartment in Manhattan was one room and I stared out to a brick wall. What did I care? I was never there. When I wasn't working, I was out. I only went to that apartment to sleep.

When I got married and had kids, I moved to the suburbs.
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Old 06-14-2009, 03:34 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC (in my mind)
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What's a Gen Y??
Somebody born from around 1985 to about 1996. Basically today's teenagers, college students, and recent grads i.e. probably 85% of this forum.

I would say Little Rock, Arkansas is the worst place for a Gen Yer. Everything here is geared towards baby boomers.
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Old 06-14-2009, 10:44 PM
 
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Somebody born from around 1985 to about 1996. Basically today's teenagers, college students, and recent grads i.e. probably 85% of this forum.
Precise definitions vary, but supposedly it's the group that followed Gen X, which are generally considered to be those born after the baby boomers and up to around 1980/81. Therefore those born after that (like me: 82) are either Gen Y or nothin...

Not that it matters, really. This is all loosely defined stuff.
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Old 06-15-2009, 08:48 AM
 
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I was referring to relocation-fishing threads that start with the premise "I'm looking for a city that is ____ and has _____."
I am guessing "liberal" and "jobs."

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Somebody born from around 1985 to about 1996. Basically today's teenagers, college students, and recent grads i.e. probably 85% of this forum.
I think you're describing the peak years, but I would say it started probably around 1980. It should roughly correspond to the 'echo boomers', the population bulge that represent the children of the baby boomers. Compared to the boomers, I believe the Gen Y population bulge is longer across time, but has a smaller peak.

Just based on my observations, I personally believe that there's a relatively large generational gap between those born in the late 70's, vs. those born in the mid 80's.

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Old 06-15-2009, 06:20 PM
 
Location: IN
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I would say New York, Boston, Chicago, Madison, Omaha, Des Moines, Seattle, Portland, Nashville, DFW, Austin, and Denver.
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