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Portland - the land of the young and healthy

Using US Census data, Haven Life found that between 2012 and 2017 Portland’s millennial population increased by 22.8 percent, the highest increase in the country

July 31, 2019
  • Using US Census data, Haven Life found that between 2012 and 2017 Portland’s millennial population increased by 22.8 percent, the highest increase in the country, taking the total percentage of the population that are millennials to 18.6 percent. 
  • Portland also ranked 3rd in the number of millennials moving into the city by Smart Asset, with 6,586 net new millennials moving to Portland in 2017.
  • The increase in migration is being driven by mostly out-of-staters, with 15,533 of the 25,405 millennials that moved to Portland in 2017 coming from a state other than Oregon.
  • Haven Life quotes the lure of the city’s craft breweries, bike lanes, and quirky reputation as being big draws for millennials. While not cheap at 2 percent above the average cost of living, the outdoorsy region is a great place to raise a family boasting plenty of parks and both beaches and mountains that are easily accessible.
  • This lifestyle lands Portland 4th in WalletHub’s’ healthiest cities in America’ rankings. Portland has the most healthy restaurants per capita and the 3rd highest percentage of physically active adults in the country.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Haven Life, SmartAsset, WalletHub

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