16. Columbus, Ohio
Average millennial home value: $171,660
Thirty percent of millennials are homeowners in Columbus, where mortgages are relatively affordable compared to the other metro areas in this study. Unemployment in the city is below the national average at 3.7 percent.
In addition to job opportunities, millennials are moving to Columbus for its overall affordability, thriving restaurant and bar scene, music and theater venues and outdoor activities. It's also becoming easier to live there without the expense of owning a car thanks to an emphasis on developing dense, walkable areas, plus car- and bike-sharing services and public transportation, according to the Unpakt Blog.