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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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Paris is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
fl0rie added Île-de-France, France
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London is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
danisatriangle added Great Britain, United Kingdom
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New York City is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
New York
4
San Francisco is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
California
5
Chicago is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Illinois
6
Seattle is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Washington
7
Boston is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Massachusetts
8
Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
California
9
Milan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
smed1964 added Lombardy, Italy
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Minneapolis is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Minnesota
11
Hamburg is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
fl0rie added West Germany
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Oxford is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
JosephJamesEdwardGarbett added Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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Austin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Texas
14
Philadelphia is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Pennsylvania
15
San Diego is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
California
16
Pittsburgh is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
fenton003 added Pennsylvania, USA
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Madison, Wisconsin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
buckyrich added Madison, Wisconsin
18
Washington, D.C. is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
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Milwaukee is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Wisconsin
20
Richmond is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
carlybobarly added Virginia
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Denver is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Colorado
22
Baltimore is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Maryland
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Honolulu is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Hawaii
24
Portland is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Oregon
25
Hartford is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Connecticut