Philadelphia ranks as the best city for millennials, according to a recent survey — but they don't know it.
According to the survey, conducted by apartment search site Abodo
, a thriving job market and affordable rent are among the top priorities for millennials, along with parks or trails, local restaurants and top-rated schools.
However, while Philadelphia topped all other cities in meeting 95 percent of Millennials’ criteria, they overwhelming picked New York City as the place they'd like to be.
The survey asked 2,000 people born between 1982 and 1998 to rate 20 qualities on a 1-to-10 scale. It also asked them which city they thought met their desires. Fewer than 1 percent of respondents selected Philadelphia while roughly 20 percent picked New York. San Francisco ranked as a second choice with about 10 percent of respondents calling it the perfect city. Seattle and Portland also drew favor. Philadelphia fell in at No. 17, behind cities including Denver, Minneapolis and Houston.
Along with pointing out geographical preferences, the survey showed that millennials are career driven, Sam Radbil, communications manager at Abodo, told Forbes
“Despite Millennials’ reputation for being lazy or entitled they care about the job market and their careers. They are looking for a place that is affordable,” he said.
Paul Levy, the CEO of Philadelphia's downtown development district told the Philadelphia Business Journal
that the city has been successful in recruiting Millennials.
"Forty percent of Greater Center City's population is millennial," he said. If New York is ranking higher, it has less to do with the amenity package and more to do with the fact that New York City simply has more jobs. Despite what people may say in surveys, jobs are the No.1 determinant for residential location decisions."
Philadelphia lovers rang the bell on Twitter.
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