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Best cities for millennials in 2018

  • Published by Ozgur Tore

berlin at nightsThis news is important for millennials who dream to live in another city. A new study reveals the top 110 cities for millennials in 2018, based on factors such as startup ecosystem, housing affordability, immigration tolerance and quality of nightlife.

With years of experience helping individuals of all ages find accommodation, furnished apartment search engine, Nestpick revealed the most popular cities. Nestpick conducted this study, for the second year in a row, in order to pinpoint which cities are successfully attracting this generation, and therefore a core future workforce.

While housing affordability is a major concern for most, it is even more so for young professionals at the start of their careers. With these interests in mind, 110 cities were analysed taking into consideration four main areas of concern; the business ecosystem, the essentials (housing, food etc.), openness, and recreation.

“Millennials grew up in a shrinking world, where the internet opened doors their parents never could have dreamed of, and budget airlines made those avenues real possibilities. It’s now possible to live and work anywhere in the world, and these opportunities are shaping how our planet will look to future generations.” says Ömer Kücükdere, Managing Director of Nestpick. “We must learn to adapt to the needs of younger people in order to have a thriving economy, and we believe that this ranking offers valuable insights to those cities looking for regeneration from a younger demographic.”

The Top 20 Cities for Millennials

 

# City Country Business Ecosystem The Essentials Openness Recreation Total Score
1 Berlin Germany 6.1 5.9 8.3 8.8 7.14
2 Montréal Canada 6.4 5.8 8.6 7.9 7.10
3 London United Kingdom 8.1 3.5 8.7 7.2 6.71
4 Amsterdam Netherlands 8.0 3.0 8.5 7.9 6.63
5 Toronto Canada 6.6 5.3 9.0 5.5 6.60
6 Vancouver Canada 7.1 4.4 9.0 4.9 6.34
7 Barcelona Spain 5.5 5.2 6.8 8.5 6.31
8 New York City USA 8.8 2.9 6.7 7.5 6.25
9 Cologne Germany 3.2 6.0 7.8 8.0 6.17
10 Manchester United Kingdom 5.0 5.1 8.5 6.1 6.12
11 Hamburg Germany 5.9 4.2 7.1 7.9 6.10
12 Bristol United Kingdom 5.7 4.9 8.1 5.7 6.06
13 San Francisco USA 8.9 2.8 7.0 6.2 6.04
14 Austin USA 8.1 4.0 6.4 6.0 6.03
15 Paris France 6.9 3.3 7.0 7.6 5.98
16 Miami USA 8.4 2.5 6.2 7.6 5.90
17 Munich Germany 4.7 4.5 7.8 7.0 5.87
18 Lisbon Portugal 4.5 6.0 5.9 7.3 5.84
19 Glasgow United Kingdom 5.0 6.3 7.7 3.8 5.82
20 Madrid Spain 3.2 6.1 6.7 7.6 5.82

N.B. These are a sample of the full results, which can be seen here: https://www.nestpick.com/millennial-city-ranking-2018/

These final results reveal the best overall cities for millennials, based on all four factors, but by looking at the top ten cities for each individual category, the results indicate which location would be best for a young person based on their strongest concerns.

Istanbul, Turkey placed at #85 in the overall ranking. To reveal how the city performed for each factor in comparison to the other cities in the index, each individual criteria is ranked from 1-110, with 1 indicating that it is the best overall:



Rankings for Istanbul, Turkey, #85 Worldwide Business Ecosystem
Employment Score Startup Score Tourism Score
72 34 25
The Essentials
Housing Score Food Score Transport Score Health Score Internet Speed Score University Score Access to Contraception Score
16 10 56 102 98 59 108
Recreation Openness
Nightlife Score Beer Ranking Festival Ranking Gender Equality Score Immigration Tolerance Personal Freedom and Choice LGBT Friendly Score
59 27 40 110 92 110 107

N.B. The full methodology explaining how each factor was researched can be found at the bottom of the press release.

The tables below reveal the top 10 cities for millennials based on each larger category:

 

Top 10 Cities for Business Ecosystem   Top 10 Cities for The Essentials
# City Country   # City Country
1 San Francisco USA   1 Seoul South Korea
2 New York City USA   2 Taipei Taiwan
3 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia   3 Bangkok Thailand
4 Miami USA   4 Brno Czech Republic
5 Los Angeles USA   5 Bucharest Romania
6 Seattle USA   6 Prague Czech Republic
7 Beijing China   7 Porto Portugal
8 London United Kingdom   8 Mexico City Mexico
9 Portland USA   9 Budapest Hungary
10 Austin USA   10 Guadalajara Mexico
             

Top 10 Cities for Openness

 

Top 10 Cities for Recreation

# City Country   # City Country
1 Helsinki Finland   1 Buenos Aires Argentina
2 Toronto Canada   2 Berlin Germany
3 Vancouver Canada   3 Barcelona Spain
4 London United Kingdom   4 Cologne Germany
5 Oslo Norway   5 Amsterdam Netherlands
6 Copenhagen Denmark   6 Montréal Canada
7 Montréal Canada   7 Hamburg Germany
8 Amsterdam Netherlands   8 Bogotá Colombia
9 Manchester United Kingdom   9 Bangkok Thailand
10 Stockholm Sweden   10 Rio de Janeiro Brazil

 

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