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
136 106
London is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
danisatriangle added Great Britain, United Kingdom

2
164 139
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
174 183
San Francisco is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
California

5
148 165
Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
California

6
125 140
Chicago is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Illinois

7
132 150
Seattle is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Washington

8
105 121
Boston is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Massachusetts

9
55 62
Milan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
smed1964 added Lombardy, Italy

10
80 100
Minneapolis is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Minnesota

11
107 142
Austin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Texas

12
46 55
Pittsburgh is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
fenton003 added Pennsylvania, USA

13
119 163
San Diego is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
California

14
40 48
Hamburg is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
fl0rie added West Germany

15
56 73
Milwaukee is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Wisconsin

16
94 131
Denver is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Colorado

17
72 98
Philadelphia is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Pennsylvania

18
43 55
Oxford is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
JosephJamesEdwardGarbett added Oxfordshire, United Kingdom

19
87 126
Washington, D.C. is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Cities for Young People

20
26 34
Madison, Wisconsin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
buckyrich added Madison, Wisconsin

21
85 128
Portland is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Oregon

22
76 114
Honolulu is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Hawaii

23
46 68
Baltimore is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Maryland

24
24 36
Bourgas is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
PeterPetrov added Bourgas

25
28 43
Columbus is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
jeremypelzer added Ohio, USA