Where to find the best-paying cities for Gen Z

When compared to millennials — who largely entered the workforce in the wake of the Great Recession — Gen Zers face a much different job market and set of economic conditions.

Wages are increasing rapidly, and businesses are struggling to find and retain workers. Taken together, these conditions better position Generation Z to avoid many of the financial challenges that plagued millennials when they were the same age, such as underemployment and stagnant wages.

Researchers ranked metros by the cost-of-living adjusted median annual wage for full-time Gen Zers.