Fort Wayne named one of the best cities to live for Gen Z

GBR analyzed 200 U.S. cities to find the 50 Best Cities For Gen Z to Live Well On A Budget.

Posted: Sep 16, 2019 6:27 PM
Updated: Sep 17, 2019 2:04 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — If you’re a member of Gen Z and looking to move out and move up, GOBankingRates could help you find the right place to live.

To help Gen Zers find the best places to live, GOBankingRates analyzed the 200 largest U.S. cities based on several criteria.

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The study considered the Gen Z population between the ages of 18 - 24 in those cities to determine whether they would be desirable places to live for young adults.

In addition, the average cost of rent, groceries, healthcare, utilities and transportation were examined by GBR.

GOBankingRates added up the cost of those necessities then subtracted that amount from $29,920 — the average after-tax income of Americans ages 25 and younger — to see how much money would be left over each month after covering costs in those cities.

Each factor was scored, with average rent weighted triple, population and percentage of population ages 18 - 24 weighted double, leftover income weighted double and livability weighted double.

The higher the score, the less affordable and desirable a city was.

Indiana has 3 cities on the list:

4. Fort Wayne, Indiana

  • Percentage of population 18-24: 10.1%
  • Average monthly rent: $940
  • Annual cost of groceries: $2,205.97
  • Annual cost of healthcare: $882.28
  • Annual cost of transportation: $2,642.13
  • Annual cost of utilities: $1,666.16
  • Annual cost of necessities: $18,676.54
  • Money left over after necessities: $11,243.46
  • Livability: 76/100


12. Evansville, Indiana

  • Percentage of population 18-24: 10%
  • Average monthly rent: $826
  • Annual cost of groceries: $2,205.97
  • Annual cost of healthcare: $882.28
  • Annual cost of transportation: $2,465.99
  • Annual cost of utilities: $2,002.33
  • Annual cost of necessities: $17,468.57
  • Money left over after necessities: $12,451.43
  • Livability: 69/100


14. Indianapolis, Indiana

  • Percentage of population 18-24: 9.9%
  • Average monthly rent: $987
  • Annual cost of groceries: $2,255.71
  • Annual cost of healthcare: $948.04
  • Annual cost of transportation: $2,948.96
  • Annual cost of utilities: $1,656.97
  • Annual cost of necessities: $19,653.68
  • Money left over after necessities: $10,266.32
  • Livability: 70/100

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