#2: Omaha, Nebraska
If you hate commuting … drive to Omaha now. OnlineColleges says Omaha has the shortest commute of any city on its list, averaging 20 minutes one way. Omaha also has the second lowest cost of living and unemployment rate on the list, and it, too, ranks high for entertainment, being "world renowned for its indie music scene." Here in the heartland, Omaha is home to five Fortune 500 companies (think Warren Buffett). "The Omaha metro has 50 percent more Fortune 500s than New York City, almost twice as many as Chicago, Dallas or Denver, about four times more than Kansas City and Los Angeles and more than 10 times more than Austin, Texas," said Daniel Shipp, vice chancellor at the University of Nebraska Omaha.
Well, speaking of Austin...
"There's no disputing that young people like living in Austin," writes OnlineColleges. There's the tech scene, the music scene, the food scene, all the venture capital funding start-ups, happening smack dab in the middle of a college town that's also the state capital. Austin has the largest population per capita of millennials, coupled with low unemployment and tuition costs. On the down side, it is becoming more expensive to live in Austin. RentJungle reports the average rent in April was $1,360 a month, up about 10 percent in a year. However, wages are above the national average, around $23 an hour. "You can start to see why Austin is a mecca of millennials."