Good things come in small(er) packages

Most recently, young people are leaving big cities for mid-sized cities to enjoy less crowded areas, lower costs of living and shorter commutes, but still enjoy a rich, cultural lifestyle.

The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg News, Business Insider all cite an exodus of young people from bigger cities like New York, San Francisco, Houston and others to midsize cities. A 2019 US Census Bureau report found that roughly 27,000 people between the ages of 25 and 38 left bigger cities for less populated areas.

What can’t they find in a big city? What are they looking for?
Several factors indicate younger people are looking for a better housing costs, lower cost of living, shorter commutes, better schools, less stress and better access to nature and a lower population density.

According to an article on, the downsides of big city living have young people looking to mid-size cities for their open spaces and access to nature, which studies show reduces stress and improves mood and wellbeing.

Gregory Ayers moved to Central New York a year ago from Atlanta, Ga, and is enjoying a higher quality of life. “I have so much more time to spend with my son now,” he said. “There’s no traffic, so many fewer people, but yet so much to do,” he said. “Living in Atlanta was stressful. It’s congested with traffic and people. I can live a much easier life in Central New York,” he said.

Leigh Ann and Ryan Brenz were attracted to the lower cost of living offered by Central New York. The entrepreneurial couple moved back to Central New York after eight years in New York City.

“For us, it was about the great quality of life you can live at a price you can afford,” said Ryan. “We opened a great restaurant in Central New York. There are tremendous opportunities here,” he said.

Many publications consistently rank Syracuse as a more affordable place to live than other major U.S. cities noting that more people are flocking to the Syracuse area for its prices and because there’s plenty to do in every season. Read about it here:

Add to that Central New York’s reputation for accessibility to quality housing. Syracuse and Central New York are hard to beat when it comes to finding a great place to live. Consider the following recent news: In 2017, US News & World Report ranked Syracuse no. 16 on its list of Best Affordable Places to Live in the country. Read the story here:

And when it comes to things to do, Syracuse is packed with year-round events.