Meghan Grau | The Daily Targum

Photo by Naaz Modan | A study conducted by a team part of the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy found that millennials are more likely to move into smaller homes with the weight of student debt weighing upon their consciences. Millennials are not likely to dole out cash to cover commuting expenses but will do their best to live affordably in an area with a large selection of nearby amenities, according to a study from the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy.

A team of Bloustein graduate students performed a study in the fall semester for their real-world client, the Somerset County Business Partnership, said Eliot Benman, one of the students involved.

The students advised Somerset County on how to create a community that will attract and retain individuals between the ages of 15 and 33, according to

A previous report by the Bloustein School dean James Hughes describes challenges that counties on the edge of metropolitan areas may face in the future, said Benman, who is pursuing a master’s degree in city and regional planning.

The report prompted Somerset County planners to investigate and enlist the help of the students, particularly in understanding how to attract young, talented workers to the community, Benman said. Read more