In a recently issued report from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey highlighting metropolitan areas with the largest populations of adults ages 25-34, Florida communities scored lowest among those hosting Millennials, aka “Generation Y.”
In the study spanning a five-year period, the overall U.S. population of young adults remained constant at 13.5 percent, but notable shifts occurred within states and major cities.
Against a larger backdrop of the entire U.S. population, the largest concentration of Millennials was found clustered in Charleston, South Carolina; Honolulu, Hawaii; Bakersfield, California; and Colorado Springs, Colorado. The four lowest — all Florida metropolises — were pegged as North Port, Cape Coral, Deltona and Palm Bay. Additionally, Deltona and Cape Coral were among the 10 nationwide communities that experienced the greatest decreases in Millennial-age citizens between 2009 and 2014.
In ascending order, Florida’s four named cities were tabulated with the following percentages of Millennials: North Port with 9 percent; Cape Coral, 10.5 percent; Deltona, 10.6 percent; and Palm Bay, at 10.7 percent — in contrast to 15.7 percent each for Charleston and Honolulu and 15 percent each for Bakersfield and Colorado Springs.
Towns in Ohio, Connecticut and North Carolina also came in at the low end of the spectrum for that age group. Rankings were based on data from 53 mid-sized metropolitan areas, defined as comprising between 500,000 to 1 million occupants.