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For many years, the millennial generation was all the rage. Every study that seemed to surface was about millennials and how they related to today’s world. Now, millennials have to step aside, because Gen Z is getting some love.

Gen Z is currently considered those born between 1997 and 2012. I say currently, because these windows of time often evolve as the years go on. At least, that’s been the case with the Millennial generation and Gen X, where the years born kept changing. A new study was conducted geared towards Gen Z, knowing that this generation is now entering the workforce. One city in Pennsylvania made the cut and ranked inside the top 15, which is a pretty good sign it’s a good city for young workers.

The study was conducted by commercial real estate blog Commercial Café. They put together a list of the largest cities in the U.S. and rated each on Gen Z-geared metrics such “percentage of Gen Zers of the total population;” “Gen Z educational enrollment;” and “composite cost of living.” The final result has Philadelphia named the No. 13 best city for Gen Z in the country. It was the only Pennsylvania city inside the top 20. The top five cities for Gen Z are, starting at No. 1: Raleigh, N.C.; Tucson, Ariz.; Boston, Mass.; Minneapolis, Minn.; and Atlanta, Ga.

“Notably, the majority of the best cities for this generation are concentrated in the Northeast, Midwest, and Southwest,” the study states. “Moreover, our list features both affordable options with low unemployment, as well as larger cities boasting a variety of entertainment options, lightning-fast internet and highly educated Gen Z populations.” Find the full study here. Do you think Philadelphia is a great city for young professionals? Reach out to us on social media and let us know.

20 Best Pennsylvania Companies to Work for in 2022

  • 20. Accenture

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    Accenture Plc engages in the provision of management consulting, technology, and outsourcing services. It operates through the following segments: Communications,

  • 19. Teleflex

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    Teleflex, Inc. provides medical technology products which enables healthcare providers to improve patient outcomes and enhance patient and provider safety.

  • 18. UGI

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    UGI Corp. operates as a holding company, which engages in the distribution, storage, transport, and marketing of energy products and related services.

  • 17. Merck & Co.

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    Merck & Co., Inc. engages in the provision of health solutions through its prescription medicines, vaccines, biologic therapies, animal health, and consumer

  • 16. SAP

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  • 15. AmeriHealth Caritas

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    Not surprisingly, weapons contractors want as much taxpayer money as the political market will bear. That's why Congress and the Pentagon need to ride herd on the industry to avoid overcharges and misplaced priorities that lead to excessive spending and greater insecurity.

  • 14. Emerson Electric

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    Emerson Electric Co. engages in the provision of measurement and analytical instrumentation; industrial valves & equipment; process control systems, tools

  • 13. Vanguard

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  • 12. University of Pennsylvania

    University of Pennsylvania

    University of Pennsylvania

  • 11. Marriott International

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    Marriott International, Inc. engages in the operation and franchise of hotel, residential, and timeshare properties. It operates through the following

  • 10. Best Buy

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    Best Buy Co., Inc. engages in the provision of consumer technology products and services. It operates through two business segments: Domestic and International.

  • 9. Lockheed Martin

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    Lockheed Martin Corp. operates as a global security and aerospace company, which engages in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration,

  • 8. Penn National Gaming

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    Penn National Gaming, Inc. owns and manages gaming and racing facilities and video gaming terminal operations with a focus on slot machine entertainment.

  • 7. Carnegie Mellon University

    Carnegie Mellon University

    Carnegie Mellon University

  • 6. Penn Medicine

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  • 5. Amtrak

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    Amtrak depends on government largess and the forced participation of the freight rail industry to offer its services beyond the Northeast Corridor. If it uses its infusion of taxpayer dollars to expand its services to more cities it would be worth asking precisely who would benefit from doing so.

  • 4. Costco Wholesale

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    Costco Wholesale Corp. engages in the operation of membership warehouses. Its product categories include food and sundries, hardlines, fresh foods, softlines,

  • 3. Microsoft

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    Microsoft Corp. engages in the development and support of software, services, devices, and solutions. It operates through the following business segments:

  • 2. Wegmans Food Markets

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    Wegmans Food Markets is a supermarket chain with 106 stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina and Massachusetts.

  • 1. The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

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    Passing the state driver's licensing test does not always mean new drivers have the critical skills they need to drive safely, but researchers said they developed a simulator-based assessment that can evaluate performance, licensure readiness and identify specific skills new drivers lack.

  • Source

    This list is via Forbes.

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