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Report Names Bridgeport Among Worst Cities For Millennials

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Downtown denizens enjoy the "Painted Staircase" in Bridgeport. Photo Credit: Meredith Guinness

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- Bridgeport was named one of the worst cities for millennials in a new ranking by the website Apartment Listing.

Apartment Listing looked at 75 metros and created an index to rank them based on jobs, affordability and livability. Overall, Bridgeport came in at No. 74 on the list, with an overall grade of F. It received a Job score of 48, an Affordability score of 20, and a Livability score of 18.

The top-ranking city in the report was Pittsburgh, Penn., while the lowest-ranking was Riverside, Calif.

Apartment Listing said that inland metros in the midwest and south ranked higher than coastal metros, and offered more affordable options for millennials as well as strong job markets and entertainment options. Places where millennials traditionally move, such as San Fransisco, Los Angeles and New York, or places where they have recently been moving, such as Seattle, Austin and Denver, have low scores for affordability despite strong job markets and high livability ratings.

"Connecticut, including the Bridgeport and New Haven metros, is struggling to attract young workers," Apartment Listing wrote. "Corporations are leaving Connecticut, and the population has been shrinking for three straight years, with millennials leaving Connecticut for Boston and New York City."

The Job category was based on each city's job market, wage growth, and millennial unemployment rate. Affordability rankings were calculated using median rents, and the share of households that can afford median-priced homes in their area. Livability was based on a survey of 24,000 renters, and measured satisfaction with weather, access to parks, community activities and nightlife, opportunities to date and make friends, and safety.

Click here to read the Apartment Listing study.

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