5 Best Cities for Young Adults

It’s a big decision to make in your 20s- where are you going to live, work, and start your adult life? Many a young person has struck out on their own, traveling to big cities looking for work without really knowing what awaits. Now in the information age, it’s easier to scope out potential homes, and finding the perfect city is much easier. Many organizations provide studies to analyze which cities are “best” for young adults. Here, we’ve compiled results from several of these studies to give our 5 best cities for young adults (in no particular order).

1. Seattle, WA

Seattle is one of the fastest growing cities in the U.S., thanks to a tech industry that is outshone only by Silicon Valley itself. The headquarters to Amazon and Microsoft is more than a home to industry giants, it’s also one of the best places in the country for start-up companies. Seattle’s local food and music scene also makes it a great place for young adults to call home.

2. Washington, D.C.

The nation’s capital boasts an impressive $46,100 median starting salary for recent grads, unemployment well below the national average, and an impressively well-educated workforce. Besides the obvious political career path, the city has booming aerospace , technology, and health care industries. ┬áLiving costs are high in the city, but there are tons of free entertainment options to save some money.

3. Houston, TX

Texas is promising major growth in the next few years, with the state having promised 250,000 new jobs in 2013. Cost of living is relatively low among big cities, and Houston offers plenty of free entertainment options. The University of Houston gives this Texas city a college town feel and makes young people feel right at home.

4. Salt Lake City, UT

Salt Lake City has very low unemployment at only 5% and a high percentage of the population is in their 20s. The companies headquartered in the city offer a diverse range in industries represented, making it an appealing place to live for young people in many disciplines. The abundant natural beauty in the area also makes it a great place for those who enjoy the great outdoors.

5. San Diego, CA

California always holds a certain appeal for young people, but they’re often drawn more to Los Angeles and San Francisco. The number show, however, that San Diego is where it’s at. The city’s unemployment rate is dropping and its percentage of population in their 20s is rising. Opportunities in the defense, health care, green energy, and education industries combined with the beach lifestyle make San Diego a great place to live.

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