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70% of North American Millennials plan to leave their city

DH Vancouver Staff May 17, 2016 12:35 pm

A huge majority of Millennials in North America plan to leave their city in the next 10 years, according to a new global survey charting young people’s views.

The YouthfulCities Urban Millennial Survey found 70.7% of the young North Americans polled hoped to leave their cities due to cost of living, limited jobs and safety concerns.


The survey, the largest ever of its kind, polled 18800 young people aged 15 to 34, across 55 global cities, online and on paper, between August 2015 and January 2016.

Ultimately, only 34 cities that met the required minimum of 150 respondents were taken into consideration, leaving 15931 participants.

Interestingly, given local outrage over affordability issues, not enough Millennials in Vancouver responded to the survey to have their views taken into account.

‘Threat of mass migration’

Globally, the survey found 58% of Millennials surveyed said they planned to leave their city within the next 10 years.


“The threat of mass Millennial Generation migration will create winning and losing cities,”Robert Barnard, co-founder of YouthfulCities.

“This generation, like no other before it, will vote with their feet to find cities they can prosper in. Some cities will seize this unprecedented opportunity. Others will be left behind.”

Behind the boomers?

Overall, the survey found Millennial participants are happy, healthy and creative, but three quarters of North American Millennials don’t believe they will earn as much as their parents.


The survey also revealed a couple of other interesting facts about Canada specifically.

Millennials living in Toronto believe they are the hardest workers in the world.

Meanwhile young people in Montreal, more than anywhere else in the world, believe they “have the skills to get the job.”

YouthfulCities Awards

YouthfulCities also gives out global awards based on the qualities or activities people most identified with in the survey. Here’s the full list:

  • My Government Listens Award – Montreal, Canada
  • Wealthy Next Gen Award – Moscow, Russia
  • Most Youthful Mayor – London, U.K.
  • Public Transit Award – Warsaw, Poland
  • Skateboarding Award – Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • Cyclists Award – Berlin, Germany
  • Entrepreneurial Award – Mumbai, India
  • Start-up Spirit – Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo

DH Vancouver Staff
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