Millennials Not Hotfooting It Out of New Jersey After All — Report

New Jersey’s young adults move out of state today at about the same rate as they have throughout the century and they leave at roughly the same rate as young people in nearby high-cost states, indications that the state does not have a problem with millennial flight, a new report shows.

Young people cite the high cost of housing as well as problems with transportation and infrastructure as their biggest gripes about the state. This matches up well with other New Jerseyans. That’s why the report recommends that state lawmakers and policymakers consider these issues as priorities as they try to solve some of the state’s toughest problems. The report was written by a group of Rutgers University graduate students for New Jersey Policy Perspective, a Trenton-based progressive think tank.

“There is no crisis here, it’s not that people are fleeing the state,” said Cliff Zukin, a professor of public policy and political science at Rutgers’ Edward J. Bloustein School for Planning and Public Policy and Eagleton Institute of Politics who served as adviser to the project. “There’s always a churn of young people move in and out of state.”

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