10 best US cities for young adults

Out of college and ready to explore your options? These metro areas offer better-than-average pay and ample activities for 20-somethings.

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May 24, 2013 5:18PM
The slideshow feature sucks. Just show me a list and save your pop-up adds for someone who cares.
May 24, 2013 5:38PM
What are the parameters for deciding the ranking? Does the #1 city have enough jobs and other employment opportunities? 

Also, in San Diego the average salary is - $42000 and the average apartment rent is $1700! How is a young person supposed to survive?
May 24, 2013 5:18PM

I love it when they tell these kids to move to Seattle. Everybody tells them it's really cheap to live here, but in reality it's just as expensive as everywhere else and there aren't nearly as many jobs as you think there are.  A majority of them end up being homeless. If you ever come here to visit be prepared for all the street kids asking for money to get back home!

May 24, 2013 6:16PM
i wish i was 20 again, but only if i knew what i know now.
May 24, 2013 4:40PM

Surprised austin is not on this list
May 24, 2013 4:39PM
seattle is a cool city for a single person.
May 24, 2013 7:47PM

Salt Lake is a nice city,,BUT,,facts are facts,,Your chances of getting any job,,you chances of living in a nice community,,are only good if,,,and this is a BIG,,,IF

"You Are Mormon",,,if you do not adhere to the Mormon faith,,,you WILL be an outcast and this comes from a lot of Mormons that I am friends with.

May 24, 2013 5:01PM
I'm surprised Nashville isn't on the list. Jobs are in abundance, music scene, average rent is probably around 1000 for a two-bedroom.
May 22, 2013 7:34AM
This person is bad at math..... And so is the editor! I hope this guy doesn't make more than I do, and I am not a college graduate.
May 24, 2013 8:47PM

San Diego - well past its prime.  Fun place, it is going to cost you.  High living expenses.  Gridlock traffic.  And don't count on seeing beaches like in the slide.  Weekends are wall to wall people looking for parking and a small spot to put down a towel.


Rents by the article's estimate are close to half of the stated income.



May 24, 2013 5:35PM
some jerk put Shi.cago on here because they have strict gun laws , they have more killings than anywhere in the U.S.
May 22, 2013 11:06AM

Plus, more bars per capita then I have ever seen elsewhere.

Cost of living rapidly outweighs the wages paid.

You cannot find "fresh" meat, fruits and vegetables. After I left Anchorage, I had to relearn how good fresh foods tasted.


May 24, 2013 8:19PM

My neighbor who moved from Arizona said Seattle is better, but I said Arizona is better and I am from Seattle. I guess it all depends on how you feel about it.

May 24, 2013 5:22PM
you may go for the lifestyle but it would be a good idea if you went for a JOB!!!  self-actualization is a great goal, but bucks are needed for rent, food, clothing, etc to say nothing of the gadgets this age group cannot seem to life without.  there are better places to live for half the costs. 
May 24, 2013 7:46PM
Lived in San Diego in my twenties and had the time of my life.  I'm fifty-seven and live in Washington, D. C. now and can only say that it looks like a good place to be twenty-five.
May 24, 2013 7:14PM

Same cities, different heading.. Same BS

May 24, 2013 5:23PM
They always try to cram Seattle on these lists no matter what. "Best Place to Retire"-Seattle. "Best Place to Buy a House"-Seattle. "Best Up and Coming Economy"-Seattle...it's none of those, and it's not this either. It does win the "Best Place to Stay Pasty White and Suffer from Light Deprivation Disorder"...
May 24, 2013 7:37PM
Surprising I know but SLC has a very real cool side that's getting better year by year. Reasons abound if you look at what Cityhome Collective is doing: http://cityhomecollective.com/

Besides 'the church' as we call it... Adobe, EA and Ebay, Big Cartel have a major presence here along with scads of intensely creative, interactive and architectural agencies. The city it's self is insanely liberal. Our mayor before last led a protest against Bush during his visit here once. Our new mayor is all for biking of any kind. The Summer concert series brings thousands downtown to hear the freshest bands. Plus we are one of the gayest cities in America!

Jesse Walker
May 24, 2013 5:21PM
It would be a good idea to think carefully about buying in the US Southwest due to impending critical water shortages, plus the fact that the water-scarcity situation in Mexico is far more dire than our own too, which could easily result in tens of millions of very-thirsty people flooding northward in-search of survival in the coming decades, which will overwhelm the ability of any city in the Southwest to continue to manage food and water supply too. 

Another problem that you might not be aware of in Seattle is that the area is due for another 9.0 earthquake any day now too, as it has been 313 years since the last one that big, and there has been an earthquake of that size on a 300-year average for some time now too!  

On the other hand, might I recommend Burlington, VT, as it is quite close to Canada, fairly liberal, and there is a virtually unlimited supply of fresh water there too!  If you want a city where the salary that a college grad earns can afford the most house, also near fresh water, might I recommend Buffalo, Cleveland, or Detroit too!

College grads paid well @ $42K???  I averaged $57/year driving a semi from 1999-2009 without a college degree or any student loans, which actually had less buying power than the $30K that I earned doing the same thing in 1982 too!!!  However, with freeway bridges collapsing all over America, I can understand why you might not want to be a truck driver too!

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