We’ve all heard about how the millennial generation (those born between the early 1980s and the early 2000s) is leaving the suburbs. This new generation wants walkable neighborhoods, easy access to restaurants and entertainment, and urban environments. As a millennial myself, I find that I fit the stereotype and want those things as well. 

Despite this, I don’t believe suburbs are going away. Our annual “Rating the Burbs” feature will continue to be important. Factors like safe neighborhoods, quality schools, community activities, home values and taxes are still going to inform our decisions when we pick where to live. And sometimes what we want isn’t going to be in that urban location.

It’s easy to get lost in the aesthetic appeal of a neighborhood or suburb—many of our top communities are gorgeous—but it can’t be our only reason for picking a location. And that’s why I appreciate our “Rating the Burbs” feature. We present those important things that people consider when moving to a new community. 

The data collected and presented in this annual feature may not be the top concerns for millennials at the moment, but who is to say that won’t change? At this point in my life, I have no desire to move to the suburbs, but I also remember saying I would never move back to Cincinnati. Yet, here I am. Moving back to Cincy was a great decision, but five years ago I never would’ve seen that coming.

We hope you enjoy and make use of this year’s feature. It’s a valuable resource for all, whether you live in the city or a suburb. I may not be looking at the suburbs right now, but ask me again in five years: I may have changed my mind.