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Survey Finds California's Millennials Optimistic, Plan To Stay Put

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — A new survey shows that California's millennials, the generation of adults between the ages of 18 and 29, are feeling good about the state and optimistic for their future.

Jim Mayer, executive director of the non-profit organization California Forward, which recently conducted the survey, said 68 percent from the millennial age demographic were born in the state and plan on staying.

"We often think about California becoming more diverse and certainly the youngest generation is the most diverse amongst Californians," Mayer said.

KCBS' Melissa Culross Reports:

Overall, Mayer said millennials are well-educated and career oriented, but are significantly less likely to vote or even register to vote.

"They're very involved in their community. They're more likely to be involved in a volunteer activity in the last year than any other age cohort. That translates to a political capital that hasn't resulted in political engagement," Mayer added.

According to Mayer, millennials have a higher level of trust in state government than older generations.

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