Forget New York - these are the 10 surprising cities millennials are moving to

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Seattle Washington pierMiune/ShutterstockMillennials are flocking to Seattle.

  • New York City no longer appears to be one of the best cities for millennials to move to.
  • SmartAsset recently revealed the top cities millennials are moving to, and the results are surprising.
  • The Big Apple didn't even make the top 25, but three cities in Virginia made the top 10.

Is the Big Apple losing its allure?

With a long history of attraction among young professionals, New York City is well-known as a must "move-to" hot spot.

However, a new SmartAsset report recently revealed the top cities millennials are moving to - and New York didn't even make the top 25.

SmartAsset ranked the list according to net migration data from the U.S. Census Bureau. They subtracted the number of people between the ages of 20 and 34 who moved out of the city from the number of people in the same age range who moved into the city in 2016.

Virginia dominated, with three cities making the top 10.

Perhaps part of the enticement of these cities is that they offer cheaper rent than the exorbitant prices you'll find in places like San Francisco or New York.

From Minneapolis to Seattle, see the top 10 cities millennials are moving to below, ranked by net migration. All median rent prices are sourced from Zillow and based on two-bedroom rentals.

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10. Virginia Beach, Virginia

10. Virginia Beach, Virginia

Millennial net migration: 4,984

Median rent: $1,238

9. Norfolk, Virginia

9. Norfolk, Virginia

Millennial net migration: 4,997

Median rent: $1,146

8. Denver, Colorado

8. Denver, Colorado

Millennial net migration: 5,106

Median rent: $1,961

7. San Jose, California

7. San Jose, California

Millennial net migration: 5,496

Median rent: $2,894

6. Newport News, Virginia

6. Newport News, Virginia

Millennial net migration: 5,667

Median rent: $953

5. Jacksonville, Florida

5. Jacksonville, Florida

Millennial net migration: 6,354

Median rent: $951

4. Minneapolis, Minnesota

4. Minneapolis, Minnesota

Millennial net migration: 6,529

Median rent: $1,592

3. Sacramento, California

3. Sacramento, California

Millennial net migration: 6,680

Median rent: $1,561

2. Columbia, South Carolina

2. Columbia, South Carolina

Millennial net migration: 6,937

Median rent: $915

1. Seattle, Washington

1. Seattle, Washington

Millennial net migration: 7,302

Median rent: $2,435

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