Millennials can be a study in a lot of things, but maybe none better than contradictions. The world’s most annoying generation thinks the best places to live in the U.S. are New York City and San Francisco, yet their top priorities for their home city are a healthy economy and rent and housing prices that aren’t too damn high.
That’s according to these easy-to-browse survey results from Abodo, some apartment listings site we’d never heard of (probably because we can’t afford to ever rent another apartment in the Bay Area).
Abodo contacted 2,000 people born between 1982 and 1998 to compile these results. It offers no plus-minus on the outcome (rookie move), but the results are still oodles of fun. Especially the contradictions.
[jump] Besides the aforementioned three qualities millennials want in a city, the rest of the top 10 are parks or hiking trails, non-chain local restaurants, quality pizza, great public schools, ample movie theaters, things you can walk to, and a vibrant downtown.
That all makes sense (we’d hazard to say anyone regardless of age desires those things). What doesn’t make sense is how, then, San Francisco ends up No. 2 in the ideal cities results.
Sure, there are jobs in San Francisco — so many, in fact, that the last time we saw this kind of employment was 2007, the year before America died inside. But after that, well, it’s pretty mixed:
Affordable rent/homes: LOL
Parks or hiking trails: Yes and yes
Local restaurants: ZOMG, need to Instagram that
Quality pizza: Hmm
Top-rated public schools: Uh, yeah
Movie theaters: Sure, unless they were too small and thus eaten alive by Big Popcorn
Walkability: As long as you can deal with a hill or 47
Thriving downtown: This is apparently quite debatable
The top 5 cities that most meet the desires of millennials are Philadelphia, Boston, D.C., NYC, and Portland, Ore. It’s easy to see the appeal of NYC, and 1 in 5 respondents said it was their perfect city. But Philly, Boston, and D.C.? Good luck with the all four seasons thing, West Coast millennials.
Perhaps the most interesting takeaway in all this was the fact that millennials in the Pacific region feel like quality pizza and a robust job market are of equal importance. Maybe because to get to Cheese Board, you need to take an Uber — and a way to pay for it all.