She rides her bike downtown regularly for dinner and a show, or sometimes to take a cool dip in the river.
A top-of-the-millennial-pile 34 years old, she is among the 15 percent of millennials who live alone in Richmond, the metro area where a greater share of millennials live solo than anywhere else in the country.
In a place where millennials living solo make a healthy $49,500 a year (median) and employment is up 3.6 percent since a year ago, that makes for an attractive package.
She pays $960 a month for her 1-bedroom, which is in a new apartment complex and has that sweet balcony.
It’s also a great place to settle down, and many of her friends are snapping up real estate.
“I have so much more of a chance to buy a place here than I would in big, popular cities,” she said.
Often they do it in places where rents are more affordable — areas like Pittsburgh, Kansas City and Oklahoma City, where rents take up around 25 percent of people’s incomes.
They also go solo in metros like Virginia Beach where they can afford to buy homes, and places like Austin with strong employment growth.
And I don’t need 100 channels on cable.” Millennials living alone make $38,800 a year (median) in Columbus, where people spend 26 percent of their incomes on rent.
They make good money — $66,000 for millennials living alone in San Francisco and $72,000 in Riverside (medians) — but people who live in those places spend 46 percent and 36 percent of their incomes, respectively, on rent.