City sees increase in millennial population - KXXV-TV News Channel 25 - Central Texas News and Weather for Waco, Temple, Killeen |

City sees increase in millennial population

(Source: KXXV) (Source: KXXV)
WACO, TX (KXXV) -

The number of millennials has grown by almost 10% in the last 10 years in Waco.

Merriam-Webster defines a millennial as someone who was born in either the 1980s or 1990s. United States Census data show that the current population in the city is 132,356, and that the median age is about 28-years-old.

The growth in millennial is something that Ashley Lunde with the Greater Waco Chamber said is good for business.

"Thinking about the millennials that are going off and coming back, and saying 'hey I want to start my own business [in Waco]'... they have those different experiences and mindsets from your Gen X, your Gen Y," Lunde said. "So they can start businesses that are different and that'll be appealing to other millennials as well."

Lunde said the chamber has five programs centered around keeping millennial in Waco, or attract them back to the area.

"Our events -- the Brazos River Float, Food truck [Showdown]; Teen Leadership Waco; the Young Professionals Group; and our internship program," she said. "We would just love to see an increase and even higher increase of millennials staying or even coming back."

Cory Dickman is a millennial who came to Waco to attend Baylor -- but left after graduation -- only to find his way back to the city.

"I just couldn't find a job at the time, and that's what made me move back home," Dickman said. "Never did I ever stop thinking about coming back...it was always kind of in the back of my mind, like, how do I get back to Waco?"

So Dickman said he decided to go into business for himself. He and two of his friends opened up Waco Escapes Room.

"In August [of 2015] I came back and started the search for a location," he said. "I love being back here and being a part of Waco."

The millennial businessman said he would encourage anyone who's considering moving to Waco to go ahead and make the move.

"If you're that millennial or 20-something and Waco's calling you, I would say take the jump," he said. "It wouldn't surprise me if you did a follow up 20 years from now and I'm still here."

Copyright 2016 KXXV. All rights reserved.

  • NewsMore>>

  • Trump administration pulls US out of UN human rights council

    Trump administration pulls US out of UN human rights council

    Tuesday, June 19 2018 12:00 PM EDT2018-06-19 16:00:59 GMT
    Wednesday, June 20 2018 5:23 AM EDT2018-06-20 09:23:13 GMT
    (Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP, File). FILE - This is a Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2008 file photo, showing a general view of the Human Rights Room (Room XX) at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. Diplomats say the United...(Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP, File). FILE - This is a Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2008 file photo, showing a general view of the Human Rights Room (Room XX) at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. Diplomats say the United...
    The Trump administration is poised to announce its departure from the United Nations' main human rights body in its latest withdrawal from an international institution.More >>
    The Trump administration is poised to announce its departure from the United Nations' main human rights body in its latest withdrawal from an international institution.More >>
  • Twin brothers reunited 74 years after WWII death at Normandy

    Twin brothers reunited 74 years after WWII death at Normandy

    Tuesday, June 19 2018 6:00 AM EDT2018-06-19 10:00:39 GMT
    Wednesday, June 20 2018 5:23 AM EDT2018-06-20 09:23:08 GMT
    (Susan Lawrence via AP). In this undated photo, provided by family member Susan Lawrence on Wednesday, twin brothers Julius Pieper, left, and Ludwig Pieper in their U.S. Navy uniforms.(Susan Lawrence via AP). In this undated photo, provided by family member Susan Lawrence on Wednesday, twin brothers Julius Pieper, left, and Ludwig Pieper in their U.S. Navy uniforms.
    (Susan Lawrence via AP). In this undated photo, provided by family member Susan Lawrence on Wednesday, June 13, 2018, twin brothers Julius Pieper, left, and Ludwig Pieper in their U.S. Navy uniforms. For decades, he had a number for a name, Unknown X-9...(Susan Lawrence via AP). In this undated photo, provided by family member Susan Lawrence on Wednesday, June 13, 2018, twin brothers Julius Pieper, left, and Ludwig Pieper in their U.S. Navy uniforms. For decades, he had a number for a name, Unknown X-9...

    For decades, he was known only as Unknown X-9352 at a World War II American cemetery in Belgium where he was interred.

    More >>

    For decades, he was known only as Unknown X-9352 at a World War II American cemetery in Belgium where he was interred.

    More >>
  • APNewsBreak: Youngest migrants held in 'tender age' shelters

    APNewsBreak: Youngest migrants held in 'tender age' shelters

    Tuesday, June 19 2018 9:12 PM EDT2018-06-20 01:12:25 GMT
    Wednesday, June 20 2018 5:22 AM EDT2018-06-20 09:22:31 GMT
    Nicole Hernandez, of the Mexican state of Guerrero, holds on to her mother as they wait with other families to request political asylum in the United States, across the border in Tijuana, Mexico, on Wednesday, June 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)Nicole Hernandez, of the Mexican state of Guerrero, holds on to her mother as they wait with other families to request political asylum in the United States, across the border in Tijuana, Mexico, on Wednesday, June 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

    Migrant babies and young children are being held in special "tender age" shelters after being taken from their parents at the US-Mexico border.

    More >>

    Migrant babies and young children are being held in special "tender age" shelters after being taken from their parents at the US-Mexico border.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly