City sees increase in millennial population

Posted at 5:49 PM, Nov 15, 2016
and last updated 2017-03-02 17:38:09-05

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 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."

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