Millennials would love H-Town, if they could afford it

Dog park

Haverford Dog Park

A bit of information is coming out about Millennials and where they’d like to settle down. Turns out, it’s the ‘burbs. Great! H-Town’s a ‘burb. And we have all the things here these younguns are lookin’ fer:

Outside dining on Brookline

Outside dining on Brookline

“It appears that what many Millennials want when picking out a place to raise a family isn’t a city per se, but rather the perks that are traditionally associated with living in a city: restaurants, shops, and grocery stores within walking distance, easy access to public transportation. In other words, they might want suburbs that are more city-like than the ones they grew up in.”

Haverford Music Festival

Volunteering together at the Haverford Music Festival

Here at HavertowniesHQ, we get it. We searched for a town with good schools, a single family dwelling we could afford and good “walking-around” streets. We’ve been lucky to be here, within walking distance to the schools, a Wawa, the library and a few pizza places (and more) for 15 years. We’re the lucky ones, apparently, because this article reports many Millennials are stuck in cities they can’t afford to leave (median house price here is $301,500). We personally haven’t met too many Millennials in Philly who want to flock to the ‘burbs (and we meet quite a few, being techies and all), but surely there are those who have the same reasons we did for wanting to move out of Center City and into the suburbs.

Of course, not many of us Havertownies can do much about these stuck-Millennials plight. But: We can encourage businesses and residents to keep up our eclectic mix of hometown charm and upscale living. Despite all the nail salons (jeez, people, don’t any of you do your own nails?!), our dining scene just keeps getting better, and our Walkability score is crazy great (so stop complaining about parking. There is NEVER GOING TO BE ENOUGH PARKING. Walk.) We can also encourage a bit more diversity. Haverford Township’s 92% whiteness is just… over.

Haverford Township Day Parade
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Field day!

Heritage Festival