Study Finds Millennials Are Not Fleeing New Jersey

Sep 10, 2018

Rutgers professor Cliff Zukin

A new study finds millennials in New Jersey are not fleeing the state at a greater rate than young people in the past.

Cliff Zukin, a professor at the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University, says 18-to-39-year-olds are the most likely to move out of state, but only a small percentage of them leave. 

“We had 6.1 percent of New Jerseys who left but we also had 5.5 percent who came in. So there’s always churn in young people moving in and out of the state. And we’re not different than other states and we’re not that different from other generations.”

Evan Friscia is a graduate student at Rutgers who worked on the study. He says millennials have the same concerns as most other residents…. property taxes, the high cost of living, and the transportation infrastructure.

“A lot of things are spoke about millennials that are just assumed without any sort of factual basis. And what I would take away from this report is that now we have some information to kind of base some these policy decisions on.”

Brandon McKoy with New Jersey Policy Perspective says millennials are living with their parents longer because they have a high amount of student debt.

“This really requires the state investing in these issues and making them a priority. State investment in education is down. State investment in housing is down.”