Low Rate Of Health Insurance Drags Down Texas’ Ranking As A Good Fit For Milenials

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By Becky FogelApril 17, 2017 2:20 pm

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Millennials are officially the largest living generation group in the U.S.

There’s even a podcast all about figuring life out as a millennial.

“You’re listening to Millennial, a podcast series that documents something no one teaches you: how to maneuver your 20s. A period that everyone goes through and that 80 million people find themselves in right now.”

And part of maneuvering millennial life can mean figuring out where you want to live.

Jill Gonzalez, an analyst with WalletHub says the finance site took a look at the best places for millennials to call home.

“So we looked at all 50 states, plus D.C., to determine where the millennials are thriving,” Gonzalez says. “And we looked at 24 different metrics. That ranged from the sheer number of millennials within a space to millennial unemployment rates and income growth to millennial voter turnout and civic engagement.”

The finance site wanted to figure out which states were the best and worst for this particular generation – and Texas landed at number-27 on the list

Gonzalez explains one reason the Lone Star state missed the top half of the list was because of its education and health ranking.

“So, here we looked at quite a few different metrics,” she says. “The millennials with at least a high school diploma, the millennials with health insurance coverage, the millennials that are in better health instead of poor or fair health, and millennials that are overweight or obese. And unfortunately, Texas came in dead last for this category for a couple of reasons. One – a lot of millennials are in poor or fair health and two – a lot of them are lacking health insurance coverage, and this is people from 18- to 34 years old.”

While Texas ranked last in education and health – it came in first for affordability.

This weekend, hundreds of Texans made clear what they wanted.

“We want, we want, tax returns!”

That chant came from protestors in downtown Houston and comes courtesy of the CBS affiliated station in that city. The protesters want President Donald Trump to release his tax returns.

Small demonstrations also took place in Fort Worth and Austin.

The protests were part of a nationwide effort to get President Trump to release his returns ahead of Tax Day – which is Tuesday, April 18th.

Trump was the first major-party nominee in 40 years to not release his tax returns.

Texas convenience store chain Buc-ee’s says they’re building the world’s largest car wash at a new location in Katy.

The car wash will be 255-feet-long.

The Houston Business Journal reports the location was expected to open in the spring – but the massive car wash has pushed that date back to this coming fall.