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Science and the Environment

Springfield Ranks 20th as 'Magnet for Young Adults'

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Angela Nape, who is in her mid-20s, credits Springfield's downtown as one aspect that attracted her to the city/Photo credit:

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Springfield ranks 20th nationwide in a new list of cities that attract young people. USA Today’s  Magnets for Young Adults ranked 289 cities with a population of 100,000 or more, according to a press release from the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce.  

Monica Choto is 23 and from El Salvador, but lived in New Orleans before moving to Springfield for school and work. To her, the low cost of living and growing community are alluring.

 “There’s a really really small town feel to it, with people and everything, but at the same time it does have your college life so it made it to be a lot of fun and at the same time cheap. And it’s the Midwest; they’re really nice people," Choto said.

Other young adults, like Angela Nape, say Springfield’s upbeat social scene is a huge plus. She’s married and in her mid-20s, and has lived in Springfield for a month.

“It has a downtown area which is a lot fun I think, for people in our generation. There’s a lot of nightlife, restaurants, and things like that again, don’t require you to go super far while still living in the Midwest,” Nape said.

USA Today used U.S. Census data to identify a list of cities with a high ratio of 20-somethings to teens.  According to research conducted, the higher the ratio, the stronger the local pull is for young adults.