BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Despite being one of the oldest cities in the country, Boston is actually the youngest—in terms of its population, that is.
There is a large population of people ages 25 to 34 in the city, but according to Justin Kang, Vice President of Economic Growth for the Boston Chamber of Commerce, the city still needs to make improvements if it wants to keep this growing demographic.
"We got to make sure we can't sit on our laurels, there are so many great cities across America and across the world that young people are considering," Kang told WBZ NewsRadio.
According to the Boston Business Journal, Boston's millennial population grew 3.6 percent from 2017 to 2018, while other big cities such as Houston and Philadelphia saw their millennial population drop.
"We're one of the most well-rounded cities in America," Kang said. "We're looking at industries covering from biotech to education to sneakers to advertising."
Kang says Boston is a hub for talent, but issues like transportation and rent need to be worked on to give young people more of an incentive to stay.
"We need to make sure affordability is top and center," Kang said. "Even though our wages are higher than other cities, we need to make sure that people can afford to live here, so that's investing in infrastructure, housing, [and] supply."
Kang adds that "the issue of gentrification, and the higher earners in terms of people in their 20s and 30s pushing people out," is another obstacle the city faces.
WBZ NewsRadio's James Rojas (@JamesRojasWBZ) reports