Now more than ever, rising taxes, student loan costs and home costs are slowly becoming unsustainable for young people to survive in America’s suburban regions. As a result, suburban populations are stagnating. The Suburban Millennial Institute is dedicated to finding public policy solutions in order to make the suburbs affordable for young people.
~ Who We Are ~
-The Suburban Millennial Institute is a Non-Partisan organization dedicated to finding public policy solutions that will make Long Island more affordable for young Millennials- those aged 20 to 34. .
-The Organization will focus entirely on working on the issues concerning Suburban Millennials- and analyzing other public policy initiatives and government projects through the lens of the Suburban Millennial.
-As the Long Island Index has appropriately illustrated, the region is plagued by a two-pronged problem that must be addressed:
- The “brain drain” issue is very real. Simply defined, young people are fleeing Long Island at an alarming rate.. According to the Long Island Index, we lost 15% of our 20-34 year olds during the last census period compared to a 5% increase nationwide. Action must be taken to rectify this.
- Nassau and Suffolk Counties do not adequately promote themselves as a destination for either immigration or emigration, and as a result we are only shedding population, not gaining it.
A new brain-drain study shows some area communities on Long Island have lost more than half of their 25- to 34-year-olds since 2000.
The exodus, dubbed brain drain, is expected to affect many areas of Long Island, including school districts, businesses and volunteer fire departments and emergency medical services.