Young people in America are flocking to affording cities like Denvers. One economists attempts to measure the exodus from SF Bay Area shows it costs 10x as much to rent a U-Haul truck to move from California to Phoenix as it does in reverse given the traffic is mostly one way.
“In my New York-centric mind I hadn’t realised you could have a real career in a beautiful place and have a life and access to incredible nature,” she says. So in 2012, aged 33, she left New York for Colorado, where she now runs an innovation programme on the University of Denver’s leafy campus. For generations, ambitious young people like Ms Sharma’s parents flocked to a handful of America’s biggest cities, looking for opportunity in commercial hubs like New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and San Francisco. That pattern has been broken by millennials. As they make their way through the workforce, buy properties and have children of their own they are not only elbowing out Generation X as the driving force in the US economy; millennial migrants are redrawing the map of America.