Marcus Hiles hinted at a common factor among the cities on the list being the presence of top employers in rapidly growing industries like technology and healthcare and an above average young adult population. A new study from personal finance firm NerdWallet, for example, discussed Austin, TX as the best city in the country for high paying jobs and affordable living. Here, the thousands of jobs offered by Dell, Apple and IBM meld with a thriving nightlife and live music scene, bringing in young professionals from around the country seeking rentals at reasonable rates. “Affordability is a key part of why millenials are deciding to move to the Midwest, as opposed to job centers on the East or West coast,” said Realtor.com Chief Economist Jonathan Smoke to Construction Dive last November. “There is a huge disparity in how many dollars are needed to get a home in Des Moines versus San Francisco”.