Washington ranks #1 in millenial population growth, Census study says

(WJLA) - The millenials are back in D.C., and they're back in full force, the Wall Street Journal reports.

A Brookings Institution Census study indicates that the Washington metropolitan area had the largest jump in the 25 to 34-year-old population of any major city in America between 2010 and 2012.

Experts are chalking the dramatic uptick in D.C.'s young population to the improving economy, an influx of high-paying and secure jobs and the election of Barack Obama to the presidency.

Before the recession, the Washington region ranked 33rd on the same list for population growth between 2007 and 2009. It's the largest jump of any city on the list.

The Wall Street Journal says that Denver, Portland, Houston and Austin are also flourishing with millenials post-recession, but when compared with previous numbers, Denver, Houston and Austin saw about the same amount of growth during both time spans. Austin actually ranked #1 in millenial growth during the recession; it now ranks 5th.