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GRBJ: Grand Rapids ranks among 'most popular' markets for millennials

Beer City, USA ranked #2 for most popular among "millennial movers."
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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (GRBJ) - Grand Rapids is a millennial magnet.

Grand Rapids is the No. 2 market in terms of recent "millennial movers," according to the "Most Popular Areas for Millennials: Where They Move and Stay," a report by the National Association of Realtors or NAR.

NAR estimates, within the last year, millennials made up 73% of movers to Grand Rapids. Comparatively, the category's top market is Madison, Wisconsin at 75%.

Millennials tend to reside in and move to locations where employment is strong, the report says. In the majority of the top 10 metros, the average unemployment rate was 3.6%.

The Grand Rapids-Wyoming metropolitan area had an unemployment rate of 2.6% and an employment growth rate of 2.2% over last year.

Top 10 markets based on "millennial movers"

1.   Madison, Wisconsin – 75%
2.   Grand Rapids-Wyoming – 73%
3.   Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, Washington – 70%
4.   Durham-Chapel Hill, North Carolina – 68%
5.   Omaha, Nebraska-Council Bluffs, Iowa – 67%
6.   Bakersfield, California – 67%
7.   El Paso, Texas – 65%
8.   Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, Colorado – 65%
9.   Oklahoma City – 61%
10. Salt Lake City – 61%


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