The 5 Best States For Millennials Might Surprise You

Millennials are those born between 1981 and 1996, and their reputation supersedes them. This generation has a history of negative press. Since the topic became popular, older generations have labeled them as lazy and entitled, mainly due to the fact that many of them were given things like participation awards as young children. Beyond all the negativity, though, millennials are also one of the most adaptive and open-minded generations thus far. Unlike their parents and grandparents, most are well-educated and embrace diversity and change, per Pew Research Center.

As of right now, millennials are the "largest living adult generation," making their impact on society, the economy, and the future a big one. And while millennials are moving less than older generations, a lot are still on the hunt for a life balance that speaks to them emotionally and financially. To find those places, Scholaroo put together a list of the best states for millennials right now — and the answers may shock you.


To find the best states for millennials, Scholaroo looked at some important elements like the environment, quality of life, and affordability. However, they didn't stop there. They also took into account the political and social environment, safety factors, and the health of those who currently live in the state. ​​Coming out on top is Minnesota. The state has a reputation for being affordable and friendly for all generations. However, for millennials, it also has good job opportunities, a strong outdoor life, and some major cities for fun, whether you want to spend an afternoon with your family or a night out with your friends, per Movingist.


Coming in a close second as the best state for millennials is Utah. Utah ranked high on the affordability element, making it an easy draw for many millennials who crave financial security. In addition to the financial climate, Utah is also great for those who like to spend their free time outdoors. Not only is it beautiful, but it also has some of the best places for mountain biking in the summer and skiing in the winter. It's no wonder a lot of millennials have taken note of this.


Not only did Massachusetts rank third for the best state for millennials, it also recently ranked number one on WalletHub's best states to live in list. Its high marks are largely due to how safe the state is and its high quality of life. For millennials, in particular, Massachusetts is known for having great healthcare options and a family-friendly atmosphere that is great for raising kids, per Dividends Diversify. Massachusetts is also great for almost any lifestyle, whether you crave the hustle of a big city like Boston or prefer the tranquil peace of a small town like Martha's Vineyard — just as long as you can withstand the cold winters.

North Dakota

According to the Scholaroo rankings, Massachusetts barely beat out North Dakota for the top 3 spot. If you are someone whose mood is affected by your environment, you may want to consider a move to North Dakota. According to Mover Junction, it is considered the happiest state in America mainly due to low crime rates, low cost of living, and fresh, clean air. If that's not enough to sway you, you may be surprised to learn that North Dakota is also a great place for foodies, as you can find pretty much any type of cuisine on offer. With gorgeous views, friendly people, and a plethora of great food, it's easy to see why this one landed in the top 5.


Rounding out the best states for millennials list is Iowa. It's a fact that millennials have had it rough when it comes to getting on the property ladder, leaving many to live at home with their parents or continue renting with roommates way longer than previous generations, per Pew Research Center. If being a homeowner is high on your list, you may want to consider Iowa. According to Mover Junction, housing is super affordable and a whopping 70% of Iowans own their own home. In addition to its affordable housing options, Iowa is also great for its solid economy and thriving job market, its lack of traffic, and for the future, its great retirement options.