This Study Suggests You Need To Give Up On Your Dreams And Move To Philadelphia

This Study Suggests You Need To Give Up On Your Dreams And Move To Philadelphia

New York City – if you can make it there, you can make it anywhere, right? After all, it’s the mecca of industry, the center of it all, The Big Apple! Who wouldn’t want to take a stab at making it in the city that never sleeps? Well, in a recent study from Forbes, one in five “millennials” claim that New York City is atop their list of places to live.

But the study goes on to say that these respondents should focus less on New York and more on Philadelphia when it comes to what actually interests them. They polled 2,000 people born between 1982 and 1998 and asked them to rate specific city qualities on a scale of 1 to 10, and the results yielded that Philadelphia was a better fit than New York City.

The ranked qualities (with 10 being the highest) were as follows:

Thriving job market (average score: 8.19)
Affordable rent (7.94)
Affordable home prices (7.55)
Parks or hiking trails (6.52)
Non-chain restaurants (6.49)
Quality pizza (6.11)
Top-rate public schools (6.07)
LGBTQ-friendly environment (5.47)
Access to music venues (5.38)
Presence of a local college or university (4.99)

While I always imagined Philadelphia as The Birthplace of America, it apparently is a place that values quality pizza over top-rated school systems which is something every back-tatted Southie will give a “fuckin’ right!” to. And while I’m not luxury real estate agent like Chad from The Bachelorette, I’d have to imagine affordable rent and home prices are what cause New York to tumble the rankings and what allow Philadelphia to reign supreme.

Just don’t get too into their sports teams or eat too much cream cheese while you’re there – neither will end well for you.

[via Forbes]

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Will deFries (Twitter / Instagram) is a Senior Writer at Grandex and the world's foremost authority on Sunday Scaries (Twitter / Instagram). Email me at

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