college The Best Cities for Young People  

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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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110 88
London is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
danisatriangle added London Great Britain, United Kingdom

2
162 142
San Francisco is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
San Francisco California

3
134 120
Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Los Angeles California

4
128 119
New York City is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
New York City New York

5
56 41
Paris is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
fl0rie added Paris Île-de-France, France

6
114 117
Seattle is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Seattle Washington

7
111 118
San Diego is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
San Diego California

8
91 105
Austin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Austin Texas

9
82 95
Denver is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Denver Colorado

10
101 122
Chicago is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Chicago Illinois

11
69 84
Honolulu is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Honolulu Hawaii

12
78 98
Portland is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Portland Oregon

13
79 101
Boston is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Boston Massachusetts

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39 47
Milan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
smed1964 added Milan Lombardy, Italy

The Most Beautiful Cities in the US

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34 40
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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22 27
Bourgas is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
PeterPetrov added Bourgas

17
72 101
Miami is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Miami Florida

18
26 34
Hamburg is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
fl0rie added Hamburg West Germany

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57 88
Las Vegas is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Las Vegas Nevada

20
8 14
Wilmington is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Wilmington North Carolina, USA

21
65 111
Washington, D.C. is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Cities for Young People

The Best Roller Coasters in the World

22
67 115
San Jose is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
San Jose California

23
2 8
Atlanta is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
waynea added Atlanta Georgia, USA

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50 91
Minneapolis is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Minneapolis Minnesota

25
31 59
Istanbul is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
HalilFuatÇınar added Istanbul Marmara Region, Turkey

26
37 70
Santa Cruz is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
ttr12276 added Santa Cruz California, USA

27
34 65
Laguna Beach is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
ttr12276 added Laguna Beach California, USA

28
44 83
Philadelphia is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Philadelphia Pennsylvania

The Best Countries for Young People to Visit

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33 65
Charlotte is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Charlotte North Carolina

30
46 88
Pasadena is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Pasadena California

31
31 62
Orlando is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Orlando Florida

32
31 62
Irvine is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Irvine California

33
33 66
Santa Monica is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
ttr12276 added Santa Monica California, USA

34
43 84
Boulder is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Boulder Colorado

35
50 97
Kansas City is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
moonbeamkc added Kansas City Missouri, USA

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

36
41 81
Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Phoenix Arizona

37
40 80
Oakland is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Oakland California

38
31 64
Nashville is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Nashville Tennessee

39
30 63
Santa Barbara is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
ttr12276 added Santa Barbara California, USA

40
29 62
Milwaukee is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Milwaukee Wisconsin

41
16 39
Pittsburgh is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
fenton003 added Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, USA

42
22 50
Charleston is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Dani Porter added Charleston South Carolina, USA

America's Coolest Cities

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

44
6 21
Mumbai is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Unnabh Ghosh added Mumbai Maharashtra, India

45
25 56
Salt Lake City is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Cities for Young People

46
8 25
Albuquerque is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Nicolego7 added Albuquerque New Mexico, USA

47
21 49
Raleigh is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Raleigh North Carolina

48
16 40
Chico is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
ttr12276 added Chico California, USA

49
24 55
Tampa is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Tampa Florida

50
12 33
Anchorage is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
buckyrich added Anchorage Anchorage, AK Metropolitan Statistical Area, Alaska