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It depends on your individual circumstances. If you are someone who is in the highest risk category, as best as possible, don’t travel anywhere. Or if you go someplace, you have a car, you’re in your car by yourself, not getting on a crowded subway, not getting on a crowded bus or even flying in an airplane. If you’re a 25-year-old who has no underlying conditions, that’s much different. (Note: Fauci has said his family decided to forgo the usual family Thanksgiving gathering this year because his adult children would have had to fly home and that travel would expose him to risk.)

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Data on the share of adults who have ever been diagnosed with a form of depression comes from the Centers for Disease and Control Prevention SMART Survey (Selected Metropolitan Area Risk Trends) conducted in 2017. The SMART Survey also contains information on obesity (based on BMI) among adults as well. Additional demographic statistics—disability, marriage status, income, and poverty—are from the U.S. Census Bureau 2017 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates. These demographic statistics are representative of the entire population, not just adults.

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The data on the median earnings for full-time workers under 25, median earnings for all full-time workers, and the proportion of the population under age 25 is from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2017 American Community Survey Public Use Microdata Sample (ACS PUMS). The cost of living index is from the Bureau of Economic Analysis’s Regional Price Parity dataset for 2017. Median earnings for each metro were adjusted based on the cost of living index for that metro. Earnings in expensive cities were adjusted down to reflect lower purchasing power while earnings in relatively affordable cities were adjusted up to reflect higher purchasing power.

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To identify the cities with the hardest-working parents, a composite score was calculated for each metro based on the following factors (all weighted equally), with higher scores indicating that parents work harder:

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To identify the best metropolitan areas for career opportunities, a composite score was calculated based on the following metrics (weighted equally):

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The data used in this analysis is from the U.S. Census Bureau 2017 American Community Survey PUMS. For the purpose of this analysis, millennials are defined as respondents between the ages of 21 and 36 in 2017.

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