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Boston's Bursting with 20-34 Year Olds; Captures Top Spot Among Major U.S. Cities

Jul 06, 2011

Boston is bursting with vitality and packed with potential, which is why the city now ranks #1 with the highest proportion of 20-34 year olds among the top 25 major U.S. cities. According to 2010 Census figures, 35% (216,213) of Boston’s population is between the ages of 20 and 34. This represents an 11% increase from 2000 Census figures and moves the city up from the number two spot. “Boston continues to be an attractive city for this highly sought after age group,” Mayor Thomas M. Menino said. “We’re proud that they call Boston home – they represent a large proportion of our knowledge-based workforce and their spending power is great for our economy. We’ve been working hard to retain this group. With the recent successes in our Innovation District, we’re continuing to build reasons for them to stay, and to attract more.” One reason for the city’s success is the ONEin3 Boston program, which Mayor Menino launched in 2004 to connect Boston’s young adults with resources related to home buying, business development, professional networking, and civic engagement. Even with Boston’s success, Mayor Menino continues to work on updated strategies to retain young families and recent college graduates to ensure that the city remains attractive to this age group. Cities across the nation are competing for this age group. They are highly educated, entrepreneurial, fill jobs in new industries, top consumers, and contribute to a city’s social and cultural scene. Boston captured the top spot from Austin, Texas, which has 32% of its population in this age group, and now ranks number two. Washington, D.C. holds the third spot with 31% of its population in this age group.

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