Thursday, July 24, 2014

Colorado Springs has 'fastest-growing Millennial population'

Posted By on Thu, Jul 24, 2014 at 1:21 PM

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It's a little hard to give this list much credence since it calls Fort Carson "Fort Carlson" and describes San Antonio, the seventh-largest city in the U.S., as "this small city." But either way, with all grains of salt included, here's the word: Colorado Springs is rated No. 1 by Trulia, a real-estate website, in its 10 Surprisingly Hot Markets for Millennials list.
Nature lovers enjoy the sunny skies and fresh mountain air of Colorado Springs’ many parks, trails, and open-air spaces. The defense industry is a big employer in this city, with Fort Carlson [sic], two Air Force bases, and the U.S. Air Force Academy calling Colorado Springs home. This city tops the chart for the fastest-growing millennial population.
Millennials, if you're not familiar, are generally described as the generation born after 1980. We're apparently a tech-crazy, self-centered bunch, but hey, it was our Baby Booming "helicopter parents" who made it so in the first place, so who do you blame? (If you're wondering where the post-World War II generation is moving: Austin. Seriously.)

They also could be described as those "young professionals" our city is so obsessed with retaining, and apparently it's working, with our city's number of residents age 20 to 34 growing by 3.2 percent from 2012 to 2013. 

"From 2012 to 2013, population growth for millennials (20-34 year-olds) was highest outside big cities," says a separate Trulia report. "The fastest growth was in the second quartile of counties ranked by density (big-city suburbs and lower-density cities). Furthermore, the third quartile (lower-density suburbs and smaller cities) edged out the top quartile (big, dense cities) for millennial population growth."

After Colorado Springs comes San Antonio; Peabody, Mass.; Honolulu; and, ranked behind us for something good for maybe the first time in history, Denver.

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