If you’re a millennial, odds are you’ve thought about skipping the “traditional” 9-to-5 career path in favor of building your own business.
A recent study from Bentley University found that of millennials, two-thirds (67 percent) plan to start their own business. By contrast, a mere 13 percent said they see themselves climbing the corporate ladder. It’s a huge shift from previous generations.
An interesting—and for many, exciting—aspect of this shift is geographical. Because few millennials are choosing to work for traditional companies, they’re more free to live in a city based on factors other than just employment—factors like creative culture
If you’re wanting to venture out, we’ve identified the five cities best for young visionaries—people who care about launching a business and also care about strong community and their faith.
With low housing costs and a solid median income, Detroit’s new economy is ideal for startups. And with companies like Shinola already based there, it could be America’s next coolest city.
SXSW is awesome, of course. And for entrepreneurs, the city is just as cool—with fair housing and a ton of creative companies. Plus, churches like Austin Stone make it attractive for believers.
Despite low cost of living, the average business brings in more than $1.2 million a year. That rivals bigger cities like New York and Portland. Plus, there are tons of churches.
This area boasts over nine businesses per 100 people. It also ranks in the top of 10 for most religious venues. The capitol claims the 4th highest church/people ratio.
###Los Angeles, California
With more millennials moving west, parts of the city now reflect this new entrepreneurship. In recent years, churches like Reality LA and Hillsong LA are helping foster a growing community of Christians.