Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources, including today’s MapMaker Interactive map.
- Read the Christian Science Monitor article, which focuses on “Millennials.” Who are the Millennials? Why do they matter so much?
- “Millennials” is the nickname given to the generation of people born roughly between the early 1980s and 2001. (There isn’t a definite starting point, but 9/11 is often given as the marker for the post-Millennial generation, already nicknamed “Generation Next.”)
- Millennials are a huge generation—about 80 million Americans are Millennials. This means they have a lot of buying power, and an enormous influence on popular and workplace culture.
- Read through the CSM article and take a look at today’s MapMaker Interactive map of cities with the greatest growth among educated young adults. What are some reasons these Millennials are moving to “second cities” such as St. Louis?
- atmosphere. “There was something about it—I can’t even articulate it—but every time I was [in Baltimore] I just felt this energy. I loved the art scene. I loved the culture,” says one Millennial Baltimorean.
- money. These “second cities” are far more affordable for renters and young homebuyers than urban areas such as New York and San Francisco.
- aspiration. The CSM article says Millennials are looking for a “community of which [they] could be a part, a place that [they] wouldn’t just step into to be carried along, like San Francisco or New York, but a place where [their] life and actions mattered.”
- How are the results in today’s MapMaker Interactive map a little misleading? Take a look at the second bookmark in the map for some help.
- The new data does not account for Millennials who did not attend college.
- The new data show cities that have the biggest increases of Millennial populations—not necessarily cities with the largest or largest percentage of Millennial populations in general. The cities in the second bookmark have the largest populations of Millennials with college degrees. (Some, such as Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., align with the new increases, but most do not.)
- The new data does not necessarily account for Millennials—up to 36%, according to the CSM—who live with their parents. The parents of these young people may or may not live in the current “hot cities,” and may or may not have moved there for reasons shared with their Millennial offspring.
- The new data does not necessarily account for Millennials who are unemployed or underemployed. Many of the current “hot cities” are college towns or internship sites where recent graduates may stay put for social and financial reasons.
Christian Science Monitor: The new ‘cool’ cities for Millennials
Nat Geo: AP Human Geography: Cities
MapMaker Interactive: Where Have All the Millennials Gone? map