GoBankingRates looked at the 200 largest cities in the US to determine which of those cities would be the “best” for Gen Zers. “Necessities” factors GoBankingRates included in its mix were

  • Average rents
  • Leftover income after paying for necessities such as rent, groceries, health care, etc.
  • Percentage of Gen Zers within the overall population
  • Livability

Cities located in the South and Midwest came out on top for Gen Zers earning an average income of $29,9000 after taxes.

Take a look at 25 of the top 50 Best Cities for Gen Zers, according to GoBankingRates. These cities are not ranked in any particular order.

  1. Brownsville TX
    1. Livability – 80
    2. Percentage of population – 12%
    3. Annual cost of necessities – $17,962.15
    4. Money left over after paying for necessities – $11,957.85
  2. Killeen TX
    1. Livability – 79
    2. Percentage of population – 12.5%
    3. Annual cost of necessities – $17,446.08
    4. Money left over after paying for necessities – $12,473.92
  3. Lubbock TX
    1. Livability – 78
    2. Percentage of population – 19.1%
    3. Annual cost of necessities – $19,349.69
    4. Money left over after paying for necessities – $10,570.31
  4. Fort Wayne IN
    1. Livability – 76
    2. Percentage of population – 10.1%
    3. Annual cost of necessities – $18,676.54
    4. Money left over after paying for necessities – $11,243.46
  5. El Paso TX
    1. Livability – 79
    2. Percentage of population – 11.1%
    3. Annual cost of necessities – $19,183.82
    4. Money left over after necessities – $10,736.18
  6. Amarillo TX
    1. Livability – 78
    2. Percentage of population – 9.4%
    3. Annual cost of necessities – $17,120.56
    4. Money left over after necessities – $12,799.44
  7. Greenville SC
    1. Livability – 73
    2. Percentage of population – 28.1%
    3. Annual cost of necessities – $21,101.63
    4. Money left over after necessities – $8,848.37
  8. San Antonio TX
    1. Livability – 80
    2. Percentage of population – 11%
    3. Annual cost of necessities – $22,477.96
    4. Money left over after necessities – $7,442.04
  9. Akron OH
    1. Livability – 69
    2. Percentage of population – 11.7%
    3. Annual cost of necessities – $17,018.24
    4. Money left over after necessities – $12,901.77
  10. Gainesville FL
    1. Livability – 71
    2. Percentage of population – 34.8%
    3. Annual cost of necessities – $21,579.22
    4. Money left over after necessities – $8,340.78
  11. Lexington KY
    1. Livability – 75
    2. Percentage of population – 14.2%
    3. Annual cost of necessities – $20,281.92
    4. Money left over after necessities _ $9,638.08
  12. Evansville IN
    1. Livability – 69
    2. Percentage of population – 10%
    3. Annual cost of necessities – $17,468.57
    4. Money left over after necessities – $12,451.43
  13. Springfield MO
    1. Livability – 65
    2. Percentage of population – 19.3%
    3. Annual cost of necessities – $16,385.68
    4. Money left over after necessities – $13,534.32
  14. Indianapolis IN
    1. Livability – 70
    2. Percentage of population – 9.95
    3. Annual cost of necessities – $19,653.68
    4. Money left over after necessities – $10,266.32
  15. Columbus OH
    1. Livability – 76
    2. Percentage of population – 11.8%
    3. Annual cost of necessities – $21,567.08
    4. Money left over after necessities – $8,352.92
  16. Lincoln NB
    1. Livability – 80
    2. Percentage of population – 16%
    3. Annual cost of necessities – $20,052.45
    4. Money left over after necessities – $9,867.55
  17. Laredo TX
    1. Livability = 80
    2. Percentage of population – 11.3%
    3. Annual cost of necessities – $21,012.28
    4. Money left over after necessities – $8.907.72
  18. Austin TX
    1. Livability – 83
    2. Percentage of population – 10.9%
    3. Annual cost of necessities – $27,888.39
    4. Money left over after necessities – $2,031.61
  19. Tucson AZ
    1. Livability – 65
    2. Percentage of population – 16%
    3. Annual cost of necessities – $22,388.93
    4. Money left over after necessities – $7,531.07
  20. Corpus Christi TX
    1. Livability – 80
    2. Percentage of population – 10.3%
    3. Annual cost of necessities – $23,314.67
    4. Money left over after necessities – $6,605.33
  21. McKinney TX
    1. Livability – 90
    2. Percentage of population – 7.7%
    3. Annual cost of necessities – $25,705.44
    4. Money left over after necessities – $4,214.56
  22. Houston TX
    1. Livability – 79
    2. Percentage of population – 10.2%
    3. Annual cost of necessities – $25,490.67
    4. Money left over after necessities – $4,429.33
  23. Plano TX
    1. Livability – 91
    2. Percentage of population – 7.9%
    3. Annual cost of necessities – $26,117.80
    4. Money left over after necessities – $3,802.21
  24. Boise ID
    1. Livability – 80
    2. Percentage of population – 10.8%
    3. Annual cost of necessities – $23,917.71
    4. Money left over after necessities – $8,731.71
  25. Edmond OK
    1. Livability – 89
    2. Percentage of population – 10.8%
    3. Annual cost of necessities – $21,188.30
    4. Money left over after necessities – $8,731.71

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