Big city moves come at a high price

April 14, 2015 3:51 PM

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Casey Hopkins lived in Boulder, Colo., for five years before Google swooped in, bought the startup she worked at and left her to find a new gig. But instead of looking nearby, the 27-year-old used the opportunity to apply for openings in big cities sprinkled across the country: San Fran, the Emerald City, LA. Her ultimate match? NYC, where she's moving this spring to start work at a design firm. "This is my dream job," says Hopkins. "Every single day, I get more excited about moving to the city."

Ah, yes, the City. Hopkins is but the latest millennial — those between the ages of 18 and 34 — to join the great urban migration. More than any other generation, millennials are moving to city centers, drawn by perk-filled jobs, higher paychecks and a dazzling nightlife. Population booms have ensue...

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