Cities 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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1
135 106
London is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
danisatriangle added Great Britain, United Kingdom

2
164 138
New York City is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
New York

3
83 56
Paris is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
fl0rie added Île-de-France, France

4
174 182
San Francisco is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
California

5
148 164
Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
California

6
125 139
Chicago is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Illinois

7
132 149
Seattle is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Washington

8
105 120
Boston is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Massachusetts

9
54 62
Milan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
smed1964 added Lombardy, Italy

10
79 99
Minneapolis is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Minnesota

11
107 141
Austin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Texas

12
46 54
Pittsburgh is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
fenton003 added Pennsylvania, USA

13
119 162
San Diego is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
California

14
72 97
Philadelphia is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Pennsylvania

15
39 48
Hamburg is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
fl0rie added West Germany

16
55 72
Milwaukee is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Wisconsin

17
93 129
Denver is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Colorado

18
42 55
Oxford is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
JosephJamesEdwardGarbett added Oxfordshire, United Kingdom

19
87 125
Washington, D.C. is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Cities for Young People

20
85 127
Portland is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Oregon

21
76 113
Honolulu is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Hawaii

22
25 33
Madison, Wisconsin is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
buckyrich added Madison, Wisconsin

23
46 67
Baltimore is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Maryland

24
28 42
Columbus is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
jeremypelzer added Ohio, USA

25
35 54
Hartford is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Connecticut