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Study: More millennials coming to Kansas City

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People may or may not notice it, but Kansas City is getting younger and, for economic growth, that's a good thing.

A recent study by the national research group the Brookings Institute says Kansas City is the 14th best city in America among the nation's 51 metros with populations over a million for millennials, people in the 19-to-37-age range.

Joel Cummings, 27, loves beer so much so that he circled Boulevard Brewery as a top choice of where he wanted to work, but after moving to Kansas City from Colorado, Cummings said he discovered more.

"I found a great opportunity here at Boulevard Brewing Company to where I could grow in my career and actually have some opportunities to maybe start a family," the brewmaster aid.

It's the same story for 27-year-old Chicago native Catherine Schweitert. She came to Kansas City to work at Christopher Elbow Artisan Chocolates.

"It's a city that's blooming. It's got a lot to offer people and I think that's attractive for our age group," Schweitert said.

Apparently other millennials are taking notice. Between 2009 and 2012 more than 2,200 young adults moved to the area, putting Kansas City near the top of the most sought-out places for young adults under 35.

Bob Marcusse, CEO of the Kansas City Area Development Council, said getting new younger people to move to the city is huge for economic growth because they are, for the most part tech-savvy.

"It's real simple - the community, the city, the state that gets the smart people is the city that wins. It's all about economic development," Marcusse said.

The study showed that so many young adults are moving to the Kansas City area because it has what they are looking for.

Some of our area's benefits might come as a surprise:

  • Affordability - eighth cheapest major city to live in.
  • A strong urban vibe of arts and vibrant music - events like First Friday.
  • Trendy food and vintage stores.
  • New tech jobs like Google Fiber.
  • The new street car initiative.

Kansas City, MO, Mayor Sly James said the numbers are good, but the metro still needs to do more.

"Walking trails, biking trails, all of those things that people find important to their current lifestyles, we need to be aggressive about putting in this city," he said.

While Denver was tops on the list adding more than 12,000 new young adults, Kansas City appears to be heading in the right direction.

Kansas City was also named the 10th best city for hipsters - a subculture of men and women typically in their 20s and 30s that value independent thinking, counter-culture, progressive politics and have an appreciation of art and indie-rock - passing cities like, Seattle, Boston and Minneapolis.

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