America’s first digital generation has been criticized for being ‘newsless.‘ Most concerns suggest that adults age 18 to 34 do not visit news sites, read print newspapers, watch television news, or seek out the news. A study conducted by the Media Insight Project, a collaboration between the American Press Institute and the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, proves these critiques otherwise.
Arlington, VA, about five miles outside of D.C., was recently ranked the best city for millennials in 2017, according to Niche.com. The website uses key factors as criteria for why a millennial would want to live there, such as affordability, job prospects, and lifestyle choices such as access to bars and restaurants. Though Arlington was ranked highly for affordability, the District itself did not fare so well.
Today’s younger generation is more left-leaning compared to older generations. A study from the Pew Research Center showed that about 55 percent of millennials are more likely to identify as Democrats or Democratic-leaning. Millennials and people born in Generation X are the most Democratic generation, according to Pew’s 2016 study. Baby Boomers are about evenly split, and the Silent Generation is the most Republican.
The majority of today’s professional and collegiate athletes are millennials.
Millennials are still coming to Washington, D.C., but employers need to do more to make sure the generation stays put, according to a 2017 American University report. Millennials – those born between 1980 and 2000 – make up a larger part of the population in the District, Maryland, Virginia, – or DMV – area compared to the rest of the U.S., according to the school’s millennial workforce trends report.
Going to the local mall nowadays looks straight out of a ’90s movie. From Polaroid cameras to jelly shoes. The ’90s fashion is making a come back, and millennials are all for it.
Since President Trump’s inauguration one year ago next month, thousands of first-time millennial candidates have pledged to run in local elections nationwide. Organizations and PACs that train aspiring politicians have sprung up to meet the demand, including Emerge America, Run for Something, Not Too Young to Run and Amplify.
“It makes me twitch a little when you refer to me as a millennial,” said Sarah Fiocco, 27, Marine Corps veteran and American University student. Fiocco, who served from 2008 to 2016, says that the label of ‘millenial’ has a largely negative connotation in her book. “Snowflake comes to mind. People who are whiny, who don’t work for much,” said Fiocco. “You can’t be as hard on them.”