Forget New York — millennials are flocking to 10 US cities to get a job, buy a home, and start a life

When it comes to homebuying, 2018 is going to be all about the South and the Midwest.

That’s according to Trulia’s latest housing report, which revealed 10 US housing markets it expects will grow next year while remaining affordable and attracting young buyers.

To determine the top 10, Trulia evaluated the 100 largest US housing markets on five metrics: job growth, vacancy rates, starter-home affordability, online listing searches, and the share of people living there under age 35.

Below, find out which markets to check out if you’re house-hunting next year.


10. Cincinnati, Ohio

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Job growth (year-over-year): 2.3%

Share of income needed to buy a home: 22.3%

Share of population under 35: 20.3%


9. Madison, Wisconsin

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Job growth (year-over-year): 1.6%

Share of income needed to buy a home: 26.8%

Share of population under 35: 27.2%


8. Columbus, Ohio

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Job growth (year-over-year): 2.4%

Share of income needed to buy a home: 24%

Share of population under 35: 22.5%


7. Austin, Texas

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Job growth (year-over-year): 2.3%

Share of income needed to buy a home: 47.5%

Share of population under 35: 26.3%


6. Fort Worth, Texas

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Job growth (year-over-year): 2.6%

Share of income needed to buy a home: 30%

Share of population under 35: 21.3%


5. San Antonio, Texas

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Job growth (year-over-year): 2.2%

Share of income needed to buy a home: 28.3%

Share of population under 35: 19.7%


4. El Paso, Texas

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Job growth (year-over-year): 2.7%

Share of income needed to buy a home: 32.6%

Share of population under 35: 21.7%


3. Raleigh, North Carolina

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Job growth (year-over-year): 2.9%

Share of income needed to buy a home: 26.9%

Share of population under 35: 20.1%


2. Nashville, Tennessee

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Job growth (year-over-year): 3.1%

Share of income needed to buy a home: 31.1%

Share of population under 35: 22.9%


1. Grand Rapids, Michigan

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Job growth (year-over-year): 2.5%

Share of income needed to buy a home: 26.7%

Share of population under 35: 22%