A report from Time Magazine finds New Orleans is one of the top five metro areas in the country for millennials to live. Demographer Greg Rigamer says it’s obvious that when you’re in the Crescent City the main age group is 25 to 34 and many businesses target that demographic.
“There is so much entertainment and so many attractions throughout New Orleans and Louisiana that it is a very positive draw.”
The survey from Urban Land Institute finds the city saw a nearly 9-percent increase in millennials from 2010 to 2015. Rigamer says post Katrina New Orleans brought younger workers to the area and it the Crescent City likes to celebrations, which attracts a younger crowd.
“It is a fun place to be. You look at the calendar for any give period and there are all sorts of events and festivals, primarily aimed at young people.”
The cities that drew in more millennials are Virginia Beach, Virginia; Richmond, Virginia; San Bernardino, California, and Memphis, Tennessee. Rigamer says the cost of living in the Big Easy is also a significant factor in where millennials choose to live.
“New Orleans and Louisiana are far more manageable for someone who is starting out in their career, relative to being able to live comfortably and independently.”