Did you see this from the Washington Post on Wednesday? Akron tops the list of cities where millennials can afford to buy a home.

On one side of the infographic, you’ll see it: The affordable places. Not many of them are what you’d call hotbeds of millennial migration. On the other hand, many on the other side of the graph rank among the who’s who of places known for their arts, culture, technology, entrepreneurial spirit and… attracting droves of millennials.

If you need a diagram of the opportunity the Rubber City has in this post-Rust Belt age, here it is in its simplest form.

Millennials tend to gravitate to certain cities. They’re more likely to live in San Diego than Newark, in Austin than Cleveland, in Washington than Tampa. But these geographic patterns bode poorly for their homeownership prospects: Millennials make up a larger share of the population in many metropolitan areas where they’re least likely to afford the housing.

Curated from http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/12/10/millennials-can-afford-to-become-homeowners-just-not-where-most-of-them-live/?Post+generic=%3Ftid%3Dsm_twitter_washingtonpost

It isn’t that Akron is a millennial-free city. Check out what our buddy Jason Segedy tweeted in response:

So maybe the question isn’t where are they but how do you keep the millennials you have–and convince others to move here?

Buying a home is a way of setting down roots. It’s very affordable to do that in Akron, but is it attractive? Is this where the next generation wants to be?

What do you think it will take to be a city that tops the list in desirability instead of affordability? Leave your thoughts below in the comments, post them on Facebook or tweet at us. We want to know what you think.

2 Responses

  1. Amie

    What will it take to get millennials to live in Akron? Lets start with cleaning up the trash that is literally everywhere. Next, demolish or restore dilapidated old buildings and houses. Thirdly, the gang bangers and druggies…. I don’t think anyone would move or stay in Akron if they saw the heroine addicts shooting up in their cars in front of YOUR house like they do mine. What a great place to raise a child! Akron, unfortunately, needs to be laid to rest. Not enough people care anymore to help it survive.

    • Admin

      Amie, I’m sorry to hear that your experience here is like that, but with all due respect, I couldn’t disagree more about laying Akron to rest. Nothing could be further from the way I feel. Not only do I believe there are enough people who care enough to help it “survive,” I’ve met tons of people here who care enough to help the city thrive. Personally, I do think this is an excellent place to raise a child, which is what my wife and I are doing. That said, I won’t pretend everyone here has the same experience or even a good experience. I hope things for you improve and we’re able to work together at some point, helping things improve for everyone here. – Chris H.


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