The Top 5 US Cities Attracting Millennial Startup Talent

September 26, 2016

6:00 pm

Hiring a millennial might seem like a scary prospect for budding startups. As far as the media is concerned, they’re lazy, they’re entitled, and they love moving from job to job. But what you might not know is that these claims are mostly unfounded. Millennials work harder than any previous generation for way less money. And the only reason they move from job to job is because no one is willing to take a chance on them. So why aren’t more people hiring them? Well, in some cities, they are.

That’s right, LinkedIn did an analysis of their data in an effort to figure out where the millennial talent was headed and why. As the largest generation in the world and 44 percent of the job market, refusing to acknowledge these younger potential employees could be a lot more bad for your company; it could be fatal.

The list of the top 5 cities is a lot more surprising than you might think. While larger cities like New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and San Francisco seem like the obvious choice, interest in mid-size cities has increased by 25 percent in the past year. And those numbers have translated into a significant exodus from hugely metropolitan areas in search of a simpler, happier life with less traffic, more opportunities, and frankly, better weather.

The perimeters of the data are as follows:

“Job interest in each city was determined by looking at the percentage growth of Millennial job views after controlling for growth of job openings on the platform.”

So which cities are on the list of highest annual growth in job interest among millennials? What parts of the country are making millennials happier than ever in their job searches? Check out the list below:

  1. Austin, TX
  2. Raleigh-Durham NC
  3. Detroit, MI
  4. Cleveland/Akron, OH
  5. Charlotte, NC

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Conor is a writer, comedian and world-renowned sweetheart. As the Assistant Editor and Writer at Tech.Co, he’s written about everything from Kickstarter campaigns and budding startups to tech titans and innovative technologies. His background in stand-up comedy made him the perfect person to host Startup Night at SXSW and the Funding Q&A at Innovate! and Celebrate, posing questions to notable tech minds from around the world. In his spare time, he thinks about how to properly pronounce the word "colloquially." Conor is the Assistant Editor and Writer at Tech.Co. You can email him at

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