Travel 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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139 109
London is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
danisatriangle added Great Britain, United Kingdom
2
167 141
New York City is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
New York
3
86 57
Paris is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
fl0rie added Île-de-France, France
4
175 189
San Francisco is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
California
5
151 170
Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
California
6
136 152
Seattle is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Washington
7
128 143
Chicago is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Illinois
8
110 125
Boston is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Massachusetts
9
85 102
Minneapolis is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Minnesota
10
110 144
Austin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Texas
11
55 66
Milan is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
smed1964 added Lombardy, Italy
12
122 165
San Diego is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
California
13
48 59
Pittsburgh is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
fenton003 added Pennsylvania, USA
14
75 100
Philadelphia is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Pennsylvania
15
44 57
Oxford is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
JosephJamesEdwardGarbett added Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
16
40 51
Hamburg is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
fl0rie added West Germany
17
96 136
Denver is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Colorado
18
90 127
Washington, D.C. is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
19
57 77
Milwaukee is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Wisconsin
20
30 36
Madison, Wisconsin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
buckyrich added Madison, Wisconsin
21
88 129
Portland is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Oregon
22
49 70
Baltimore is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Maryland
23
77 116
Honolulu is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Hawaii
24
44 64
Richmond is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
carlybobarly added Virginia
25
29 46
Columbus is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
jeremypelzer added Ohio, USA