Is Ohio a good state for millennials? A new study has mixed results.

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WalletHub recently released a report that categorized the best and worst areas for millennials, and the results might surprise you.

The study compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia in 24 metrics, which included the number of millennials within an area, affordability and quality of life.

WalletHub defined millennials as “individuals who were born between 1981 and 1997.”

Top 5 states for millennials: 

1. North Dakota

2. Minnesota

3. South Dakota

4. Iowa

5. District of Columbia

How Ohio ranks:

State Total Score Affordability Rank Education & Health Rank Quality of Life Rank Economic Health Rank Civic Engagement Rank
Ohio 47.37 9 21 32 43 17

In the category of Affordability, Ohio ranked as No. 9 in the nation. For this, WalletHub compared the cost of living, average monthly earnings for millennials and housing costs for millennials.

Ohio ranked No. 21 in Education & Health, which compared the following: millennials with at least a high school diploma, millennials with health-insurance coverage and millennials with no doctor visits in the past year due to cost. It also measured poor or fair health, depression, and physical activity.

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In two categories, Ohio came in near the bottom of the list with a ranking of No. 32 and No. 43 in Quality of Living and Economic Health.

The Quality of Life category was devised by comparing the share of millennials in the area, the share of millennials living with their parents, single-friendliness, and family-friendliness against one another.

Economic Health was decided by demographic data such as share of millennial newcomers, millennial population growth, average earning growth and median student-loan debt for millennials.

Ohio ranks No. 17 for Civic Engagement. This category was measured by millennial voter turnout and volunteer rate.

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