Choosing which city to live in is a big deal: There are so many factors to consider! Will it fit your lifestyle? Is it a good spot to raise a family? And, perhaps the most important of all: How expensive is it?

Millennials are right at that real estate sweet spot where both renting and buying are (finances given) plausible options, and they also representing a large number of people (TIME reports that there was a 32 percent increase in the number of births between the years of 1978 to 1990), so the Urban Land Institute took a look at where the largest percentages of the influential group are moving, and the answers just might surprise you.

While it should come as no surprise, as North Dakota has already been declared the best millennial state to live in, we’re still confounded by the group’s resulting list. Urban epicenters such as New York are still growing, just rounding out the top 25, but they’re nowhere near as attractive as some of their smaller counterparts, with big cities such as LA and Chicago not even making the list.

Instead, areas with cheaper expenses, strong transit, and local culture are winning over the hearts of the M’s: Check out which towns made the cut below!

cities with the highest millennial population growth

1. Virginia Beach, VA

2. Richmond, VA

3. Riverside, CA

4. Memphis, TN

5. New Orleans, LA

6. Austin, TX

7. Pittsburgh, PA

8. Baltimore, MD

9. Boston, MA

10. Miami, FL

11. Philadelphia, PA

12. Buffalo, NY

13. San Antonio, TX

14. Seattle, WA

15. Salt Lake City, UT

16. Raleigh, NC

17. Jacksonville, FL

18. Charlotte, NC

19. Houston, TX

20. Providence, RI

21. Tampa, FL

22. Washington, DC

23. Columbus, OH

24. Las Vegas, NV

25. New York, NY

Are you surprised by this list? Tell us why or why not over @BritandCo.

(h/t Hello Giggles; Photos via Getty)