These Are the Best States for Millennials to Live

Millennials are entering adulthood at a rough moment. They're the most educated generation, the largest generation, and the first generation to make less than their parents. While most people really don't want to hear it, being a millennial is hard! Jobs are slim, money is tight, and much around us is unstable. Still, there are places in the country where it is far better to be a millennial than others.

The team at the website WalletHub did a little recon to figure out where in the country being a millennial makes the most sense (a number they based on a variety of factors including income and voter turnout). The results are pretty interesting.

According to their research, the top five states (District of Columbia included) to be a millennial are:

  1. North Dakota
  2. Minnesota
  3. South Dakota
  4. Iowa
  5. District of Columbia

And the five worst states to be a millennial are:

  1. West Virginia
  2. Mississippi
  3. Alabama
  4. New Mexico
  5. Arizona

Big millennial strongholds like California and New York, came in at numbers 34 and 37, respectively. You can check out the full rankings here:

Of course these rankings are not a perfect science, and if you ask Business Insider their opinion, they'll get a bit more specific. They rank the five best cities for millennials to live in as:

  1. Cambridge, Massachusetts
  2. Arlington, Virginia
  3. Alexandria, Virginia
  4. San Francisco, California
  5. Ann Arbor, Michigan

Moral of the story: You can make a good millennial life in a lot of places, but this generation still has the odds stacked against them.