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These are the 15 US cities attracting the most millennials—LA and New York didn't make the list

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Many millennials are still figuring out where they want to settle down, resulting in young people moving both toward and away from several major cities across the U.S.

To narrow down which cities are attracting more millennials than they're losing, financial technology company SmartAsset compared the number of people between the ages of 20 and 34 who moved to 217 U.S. cities to the number who moved away from them, using 2016 Census Bureau migration data.

Surprisingly, Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco didn't make the list of the most popular cities for millennials. Rather, it appears that this generation is choosing smaller towns, such as Nashville, Tennessee, and Sacramento, California.

Below, see the top 15 cities where more millennials are moving in than moving out. Each location's population size and median rent price is included for context, from the U.S. Census Bureau and Zillow, respectively.

15. Louisville, Kentucky

Number of millennials who moved in: 12,657
Number of millennials who moved out: 8,765
Total population: 621,349
Median rent price: N/A

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A fan wears a hat decorated with American flags while watching undercard races on Kentucky Derby Day on May 7, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky.

14. Overland Park, Kansas

Number of millennials who moved in: 8,015
Number of millennials who moved out: 3,916
Total population: 191,278
Median rent price: $1,698

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Prairie Fire Museum

13. Cincinnati, Ohio

Number of millennials who moved in: 12,249
Number of millennials who moved out: 7,829
Total population: 301,301
Median rent price: $1,375

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12. Nashville, Tennessee

Number of millennials who moved in: 23,839
Number of millennials who moved out: 19,358
Total population: 667,560
Median rent price: $1,655

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Nashville, Tennessee

11. Charlotte, North Carolina

Number of millennials who moved in: 26,390
Number of millennials who moved out: 21,463
Total population: 859,035
Median rent price: $1,450

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The skyline of Charlotte, N.C., as seen from Marshall Park.

10. Virginia Beach, Virginia

Number of millennials who moved in: 19,122
Number of millennials who moved out: 14,138
Total population: 450,435
Median rent price: $1,450

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Virginia Beach

9. Norfolk, Virginia

Number of millennials who moved in: 18,603
Number of millennials who moved out: 13,606
Total population: 244,703
Median rent price: $1,350

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Norfolk, Virginia

8. Denver, Colorado

Number of millennials who moved in: 40,647
Number of millennials who moved out: 35,541
Total population: 704,621
Median rent price: $2,195

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Denver, Colorado

7. San Jose, California

Number of millennials who moved in: 19,943
Number of millennials who moved out: 14,447
Total population: 1,035,317
Median rent price: $3,390

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Business district area of downtown San Jose, California.

6. Newport News, Virginia

Number of millennials who moved in: 11,664
Number of millennials who moved out: 5,997
Total population: 179,388
Median rent price: $1,200

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Newport News office buildings with multiple fountains and a lake.

5. Jacksonville, Florida

Number of millennials who moved in: 23,327
Number of millennials who moved out: 16,973
Total population: 892,062
Median rent price: $1,199

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Jacksonville, Florida

4. Minneapolis, Minnesota

Number of millennials who moved in: 21,758
Number of millennials who moved out: 15,229
Total population: 422,331
Median rent price: $1,795

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A file photo showing joggers on the Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

3. Sacramento, California

Number of millennials who moved in: 16,181
Number of millennials who moved out: 9,501
Total population: 501,901
Median rent price: $1,695

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Downtown Sacramento

2. Columbia, South Carolina

Number of millennials who moved in: 13,352
Number of millennials who moved out: 6,415
Total population: 133,114
Median rent price: $1,155

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Columbia, South Carolina

1. Seattle, Washington

Number of millennials who moved in: 29,628
Number of millennials who moved out: 22,326
Total population: 724,745
Median rent price: $2,700