Millennial metros

Some of the better regions to live, according to census data

New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles are probably among the first cities that pop to mind when thinking about the places that draw millennials. They are culturally rich and vibrant metro areas, but also have their downsides, including being extremely expensive. That’s why RealtyHop, a home sales website, took a data-driven approach to the subject—taking results from the U.S. Census American Community Survey to account for such factors as job market, housing affordability, median incomes, diversity and education levels. How did Chico fare? Not well. It ranked No. 417 out of 448—earning a D+. To learn more, check out

So, who fared well? Here are the top five cities:

1. Omaha-Council Bluffs, Neb.-Iowa

2. Des Moines-West Des Moines, Iowa

3. Pittsburgh, Pa.

4. Midland, Mich.

5. Eau Claire, Wis.