BLOG: North Dakota Best State for Millennials, WalletHub Says

BLOG: North Dakota Best State for Millennials, WalletHub Says
New analysis by WalletHub finds that North Dakota is the optimal place for millennials to live.

North Dakota just may be the best state for millennials, according to analysis released April 4 by WalletHub.

Valerie Jones
Valerie Jones, Careers Editor, Rigzone
Careers Editor, Rigzone

Home to the Bakken shale play, which secured almost $3 billion in M&A deals in 2016, North Dakota ranked the highest out of all 50 states plus the District of Columbia in WalletHub’s analysis (across 24 key metrics). The data, which defines millennials as those born between 1981 and 1997, shows that North Dakota has the second highest percentage of millennials, the lowest number of millennials living with their parents, the second-lowest housing cost for millennials and the lowest unemployment rate for millennials.

With onshore shale activity ramping up in the United States, I wanted to take a look at other states with E&P (exploration and production) potential – and see how they fared for millennials.

Texas, home to both the Eagle Ford and Permian basins, ranks 27th, with notable factors including (for millennials):

  • 11th in average monthly earnings
  • 16th in average earnings growth
  • 6th in population growth 

Pennsylvania, home to the Marcellus – one of the largest gas fields in the world right now, ranks 21st, with notable factors including:

  • 18th in average monthly earnings
  • 33rd in average earnings growth
  • 27th in population growth

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania was also ranked first for a STEM-friendly environment through WalletHub’s analysis published in January.

The oil and gas industry has said time and again how it will need young professionals to fill significant roles in its workforce. With a ramp-up of M&A activity and a positive climate for millennials, states like North Dakota, Texas and Louisiana may prove to be advantageous for both millennials and the industry as a whole. 

Valerie is an experienced writer and editor dedicated to providing useful and relevant career news about the oil and gas industry. Email Valerie at


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