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Salisbury Millennial Population Debated After Report Released

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People walking in Downtown Salisbury. (Photo: WBOC) People walking in Downtown Salisbury. (Photo: WBOC)

SALISBURY, Md. - The California based ApartmentList.com released figures on Tuesday about the millennial population in cities across the United States.  The company said the millennial population in Salisbury has decreased over the past decade.  But those living and working in Salisbury were quick to refute the company's claims.

According to ApartmentList, from 2005 to 2015, the millennial population in Salisbury decreased by 4.7%.  However, Salisbury Mayor Jake Day found that figure to be inaccurate.

"It was surprising because it contradicts everything that we know about what's happening and everything that we've seen from the Census Bureau, from the Department of Commerce.  So it was surprising," Day said.

Mayor Day said based on numbers he pulled from the census, Salisbury's median age is actually decreasing.  

"We've also seen from that time period, actually just in the last five years, we've seen a population increase among millennials of 9% in Salisbury.  8% in Wicomico County as a whole," said Day.

ApartmentList also said millennial home ownership in Salisbury, while less than the national average, also decreased by 4.2%.  However, some local realtors at Coldwell Banker in Salisbury find that figure hard to believe.  Realtor Joel Maher said everything going on in Salisbury, from the downtown revitalization, to events like 3rd Friday, have been a big selling point to millennials buying in the city.

"This is out small town and it's keeping the millennials here.  I mean, that's my major selling point to people my age," said Maher.

Donna Harrington, also at Coldwell Banker said, "I sold a house recently to a couple from the area who wanted to be near downtown.  They wanted to walk to the restaurants and to the end and the functions that are there."

Despite the numbers that were released Wednesday by the California based company, Mayor Day believes the city of Salisbury is doing a good job at attracting and keeping the younger generation in the city.

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