Denver ranks No. 3 for relocating Millennials

Denver ranks third among the top 10 cities attracting more Millennials than others, according to the 2016 Mayflower Mover Insights study.

The study, which focused on Millennial moving trends, found that nearly half (46 percent) of 18- to 35-year-olds moved to a new city, state or country to be with or find a romantic partner. Those 29 or younger are more likely to move for a partner than Millennials over the age of 30.

"Our Mayflower agents across the country are moving Millennials as they begin new chapters in their lives," says Melissa Sullivan, director of marketing communications for Mayflower. "The findings of this year's Mayflower Mover Insights study reinforce what our agents are seeing every day. This data helps us analyze not only where are customers move, but also why they are moving."

In addition to moving for relationships, the study found that nearly half (48 percent) of Millennials have moved for a new lifestyle or experience. Overall, the study showed Instagram-worthy food is a top priority for Millennials choosing a new city, with more than half of respondents (56 percent) stating good restaurants are a must have. Second and third, respectively, were child-friendly activities (23 percent) and church/religion (22 percent).

So what cities are attracting Millennials more than others? According to moves completed between January and December 2015, Dallas is the hot spot, followed closely by Chicago and Denver: 

    1.    Dallas, Texas
    2.    Chicago, Ill.
    3.    Denver, Colo.
    4.    Seattle, Wash.
    5.    Atlanta, Ga.
    6.    Los Angeles, Cali.
    7.    Portland, Ore.
    8.    Charlotte, N.C.
    9.    Washington D.C.
    10.    Phoenix, Ariz.

"This list of cities is consistent with the long-standing patterns of the U.S. population shift from the Northeast and Midwest to the South and the West," says Jeffrey Artnett, research professor in the Department of Psychology at Clark University in Worcester, Mass. "Emerging adults are leading the way because ethic are, overall, the most likely to be moving."

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