College The Best Cities for Young People  

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List Rules Top US city list for recent grads

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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London is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
danisatriangle added London Great Britain, United Kingdom

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166 145
San Francisco is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
San Francisco California

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134 121
New York City is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
New York City New York

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136 125
Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Los Angeles California

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

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

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

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

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

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Milan is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
smed1964 added Milan Lombardy, Italy

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

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

The Most Beautiful Cities in the US

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Oxford is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
JosephJamesEdwardGarbett added Oxford Oxfordshire, United Kingdom

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Bourgas is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
PeterPetrov added Bourgas

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Hamburg is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
fl0rie added Hamburg West Germany

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Miami is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Miami Florida

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Las Vegas is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Las Vegas Nevada

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Wilmington is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Wilmington North Carolina, USA

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

Cities with the Worst Sports Fans

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

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Istanbul is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
HalilFuatÇınar added Istanbul Marmara Region, Turkey

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

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

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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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Santa Cruz is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
ttr12276 added Santa Cruz California, USA

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Laguna Beach is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
ttr12276 added Laguna Beach California, USA

The Best Countries for Young People to Visit

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

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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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Santa Monica is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
ttr12276 added Santa Monica California, USA

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Boulder is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Boulder Colorado

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

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Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Phoenix Arizona

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Oakland is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Oakland California

30+ Famous People Born in Countries That Don't Exist Anymore

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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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Nashville is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Nashville Tennessee

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Kansas City is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
moonbeamkc added Kansas City Missouri, USA

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30 63
Milwaukee is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Milwaukee Wisconsin

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Salt Lake City is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Cities for Young People

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

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Pittsburgh is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
fenton003 added Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, USA

America's Coolest Cities

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Anchorage is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
buckyrich added Anchorage Anchorage, AK Metropolitan Statistical Area, Alaska

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27 60
Baltimore is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Baltimore Maryland

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18 44
Encinitas is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
ttr12276 added Encinitas California, USA

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14 37
New Orleans is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
cpitre27 added New Orleans Louisiana, USA

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Charleston is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Dani Porter added Charleston South Carolina, USA

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Richmond is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
carlybobarly added Richmond Virginia

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Spokane is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Spokane Washington

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Raleigh is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Raleigh North Carolina