An October report by the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise, a business policy think tank, ranked the top 10 fastest-growing cities in the U.S.
The ranking considered each city’s county-level employment rates and economic output. And the final list is a good indication of where young people want to live and work and of what they value.
For example, Seattle — which ranked number three on this year’s list — is becoming a leader in clean energy. The city is moving forward with plans to enact new initiatives for cleaner buildings, according to the city’s mayor, Bruce Harrell.
The city is also home to tech giants such as Amazon and Microsoft, and younger job-seekers are eager to work for a company that aligns with their values and has a vested interest in something such as environmental advocacy.
Seattle also topped the list of cities where college students want to live after graduation, according to Axios and The Generation Lab’s 2022 Next Cities Index.
- San Francisco Bay Area
- Austin, Texas
- Raleigh and Durham, North Carolina
- Salt Lake City
- Charlotte, North Carolina
- New Orleans
The second city on the list is Austin, Texas, which has become home to major companies such as Amazon, Google, Oracle, and Tesla, which have all recently expanded their operations in the Texas city.
The mass exodus from other metros such as the Bay Area has helped increase property values in Austin.
According to the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise, the median home value increased from $349,156 in August 2020 to $566,479 in August 2022. The average multifamily rent also rose from 10% year-over-year.
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