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Study: Millennials fleeing Mid-Michigan

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New statistics from apartmentlist.com for the 10-year period from 2005-2015 paint a rather bleak picture of Mid-Michigan for the millennial population (people born between 1980 and 2000).

According to the survey, the millennial population in Saginaw is down 0.7 percent, while Bay City (down 17 percent) and Flint (down 18.6 percent) took much larger hits.

Millennial home ownership is down 6.6 percent in Saginaw, 11.4 percent in Flint and 16.8 percent in Bay City.

Millennial median income is down 7.3 percent in Bay City, 10.5 percent in Saginaw and 14.6 percent in Flint.

At Buffalo Wild Wings in Saginaw, Tuesday night, a table filled with millennials who have no intention of leaving Mid-Michigan told TV5 why.

"I'm staying because I like it here," Tanna Ireland said..  "We're a community and we stick together."

"It's my town and I'm gonna stay here until I die," Kenneth Anderson said.

"We actually moved to Florida and came back because this is where we were born and raised," said Jamie Stanley, sitting with husband Adam.

Only waitress Keegan Ingles, a student at Western Michigan University, said she wanted out.  

"People just don't wanna be here. They're just sick of it. They wanna get out," she said.

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