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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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128 110
Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Los Angeles California

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97 80
London is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
danisatriangle added London Great Britain, United Kingdom

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120 109
New York City is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
New York City New York

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50 35
Paris is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
fl0rie added Paris Île-de-France, France

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108 109
Seattle is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Seattle Washington

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106 109
San Diego is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
San Diego California

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101 109
Chicago is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Chicago Illinois

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79 85
Denver is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Denver Colorado

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69 75
Honolulu is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Honolulu Hawaii

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85 98
Austin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Austin Texas

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75 88
Portland is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Portland Oregon

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77 92
Boston is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Boston Massachusetts

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71 91
Miami is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Miami Florida

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56 77
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
Guest_3d34f0d0-5296-4458-b4d5-a80f9dd4ff56 added Wilmington North Carolina, USA

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28 37
Oxford is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
JosephJamesEdwardGarbett added Oxford Oxfordshire, United Kingdom

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Hamburg is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
fl0rie added Hamburg West Germany

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30 45
Milan is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
smed1964 added Milan Lombardy, Italy

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15 25
Bourgas is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
PeterPetrov added Bourgas

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63 102
Washington, D.C. is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Cities for Young People

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66 108
San Jose is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
San Jose California

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1 4
Atlanta is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
waynea added Atlanta Georgia, USA

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33 58
Laguna Beach is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
ttr12276 added Laguna Beach California, USA

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48 84
Minneapolis is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Minneapolis Minnesota

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36 64
Santa Cruz is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
ttr12276 added Santa Cruz California, USA

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46 82
Pasadena is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Pasadena California

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42 76
Philadelphia is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Philadelphia Pennsylvania

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33 61
Santa Monica is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
ttr12276 added Santa Monica California, USA

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28 55
Istanbul is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
HalilFuatÇınar added Istanbul Marmara Region, Turkey

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32 62
Charlotte is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Charlotte North Carolina

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6 17
Mumbai is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Unnabh Ghosh added Mumbai Maharashtra, India

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49 92
Kansas City is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
moonbeamkc added Kansas City Missouri, USA

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30 59
Orlando is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Orlando Florida

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42 80
Boulder is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Boulder Colorado

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30 60
Santa Barbara is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
ttr12276 added Santa Barbara California, USA

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15 34
Pittsburgh is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
fenton003 added Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, USA

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29 60
Irvine is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Irvine California

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25 53
Salt Lake City is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Cities for Young People

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39 78
Oakland is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Oakland California

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30 62
Nashville is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Nashville Tennessee

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13 32
New Orleans is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
cpitre27 added New Orleans Louisiana, USA

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18 41
Encinitas is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
ttr12276 added Encinitas California, USA

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24 52
Tampa is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Tampa Florida

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39 79
Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Phoenix Arizona

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22 49
Charleston is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Dani Porter added Charleston South Carolina, USA

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12 31
Anchorage is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
buckyrich added Anchorage Anchorage, AK Metropolitan Statistical Area, Alaska

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28 60
Milwaukee is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Milwaukee Wisconsin

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8 24
Albuquerque is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Nicolego7 added Albuquerque New Mexico, USA

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26 57
Baltimore is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Baltimore Maryland