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List of the best cities for young people as voted by men and women. The time in your life when you’re finally an adult who is capable of making your own decisions and living on your own is very exciting. You finally get to make your own money and spend it how you like, go out to bars whenever you want, and take responsibility for yourself. So clearly it’s important for your biggest decision—where to live—to be well thought out. If you’re ready to move out into the world and are wondering, “Where are the best cities for young people?” this list has your answer.

 

When you’re just starting out it’s important to move someplace with plenty of career opportunities and affordable housing. Since you are young adults, you also might be looking for a city with a lively nightlife, lots of entertainment, and prospects for meeting other young people with similar interests.

 

This list compiles the best locations for young people looking to branch out into the world. These cities have many opportunities for young men and women to have fun, get a great job with growth, and live within their budget. If you’re ready to start your life as an adult, one of these cities might be just what you need. 

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San Francisco is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
San Francisco California

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New York City is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
New York City New York

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Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Los Angeles California

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London is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
London Great Britain, United Kingdom

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Seattle is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Seattle Washington

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San Diego is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
San Diego California

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Paris is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Paris Île-de-France, France

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Chicago is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Chicago Illinois

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Denver is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Denver Colorado

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Honolulu is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Honolulu Hawaii

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Austin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Austin Texas

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Portland is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Portland Oregon

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Boston is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Boston Massachusetts

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Miami is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Miami Florida

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+ - 54 72
Las Vegas is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Las Vegas Nevada

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Wilmington is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Wilmington North Carolina, USA

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Atlanta is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Atlanta Georgia, USA

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Washington, D.C. is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Cities for Young People

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San Jose is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
San Jose California

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+ - 22 37
Oxford is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Oxford Oxfordshire, United Kingdom

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+ - 32 54
Laguna Beach is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Laguna Beach California, USA

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+ - 36 61
Santa Cruz is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Santa Cruz California, USA

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+ - 48 81
Minneapolis is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Minneapolis Minnesota

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+ - 46 79
Pasadena is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Pasadena California

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Santa Monica is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Santa Monica California, USA

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Philadelphia is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Philadelphia Pennsylvania

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Hamburg is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Hamburg West Germany

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Milan is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Milan Lombardy, Italy

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Bourgas is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Bourgas

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Charlotte is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Charlotte North Carolina

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Boulder is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Boulder Colorado

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Kansas City is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Kansas City Missouri, USA

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Orlando is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Orlando Florida

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Santa Barbara is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Santa Barbara California, USA

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Pittsburgh is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, USA

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+ - 39 76
Oakland is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Oakland California

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+ - 27 55
Istanbul is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Istanbul Marmara Region, Turkey

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+ - 29 59
Irvine is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Irvine California

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Salt Lake City is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Cities for Young People

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Encinitas is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Encinitas California, USA

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+ - 5 17
Mumbai is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Mumbai Maharashtra, India

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+ - 24 51
Tampa is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Tampa Florida

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+ - 39 78
Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Phoenix Arizona

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+ - 12 30
New Orleans is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
New Orleans Louisiana, USA

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+ - 12 30
Anchorage is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Anchorage Anchorage, AK Metropolitan Statistical Area, Alaska

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Charleston is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Charleston South Carolina, USA

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Newark is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Newark New Jersey, USA

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Nashville is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Nashville Tennessee

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+ - 26 56
Baltimore is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Baltimore Maryland

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+ - 28 60
Milwaukee is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Milwaukee Wisconsin