College 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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127 97
London is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
danisatriangle added Great Britain, United Kingdom

2
75 49
Paris is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
fl0rie added Île-de-France, France

3
152 132
New York City is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
New York

4
171 169
San Francisco is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
California

5
142 153
Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
California

6
118 131
Chicago is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Illinois

7
124 145
Seattle is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Washington

8
97 110
Boston is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Massachusetts

9
53 54
Milan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
smed1964 added Lombardy, Italy

10
116 151
San Diego is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
California

11
38 41
Hamburg is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
fl0rie added West Germany

12
101 132
Austin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Texas

13
42 49
Oxford is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
JosephJamesEdwardGarbett added Oxfordshire, United Kingdom

14
69 90
Philadelphia is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Pennsylvania

15
41 49
Pittsburgh is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
fenton003 added Pennsylvania, USA

16
71 96
Minneapolis is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Minnesota

17
86 120
Denver is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Colorado

18
51 68
Milwaukee is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Wisconsin

19
75 107
Honolulu is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Hawaii

20
83 123
Portland is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Oregon

21
81 121
Washington, D.C. is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Cities for Young People

22
28 39
Columbus is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
jeremypelzer added Ohio, USA

23
45 66
Baltimore is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Maryland

24
24 34
Bourgas is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
PeterPetrov added Bourgas

25
35 52
Hartford is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Connecticut

26
21 31
Madison, Wisconsin is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
buckyrich added Madison, Wisconsin

27
39 61
Richmond is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
carlybobarly added Virginia

28
13 19
Newark is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Scrollhectic added New Jersey, USA

29
23 37
Anchorage is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
buckyrich added Anchorage, AK Metropolitan Statistical Area, Alaska

30
42 70
Detroit is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Michigan

31
75 127
Miami is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Florida

32
21 40
New Orleans is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
cpitre27 added Louisiana, USA

33
35 66
Istanbul is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
HalilFuatÇınar added Marmara Region, Turkey

34
60 112
Las Vegas is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Nevada

35
52 102
Kansas City is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
moonbeamkc added Missouri, USA

36
44 88
Oakland is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
California

37
28 64
Salt Lake City is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Cities for Young People

38
7 24
Chattanooga is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
dixbie added Tennessee, USA

39
67 140
San Jose is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
California

40
12 35
Wilmington is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
North Carolina, USA

41
37 86
Charlotte is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
North Carolina

42
19 51
Spokane is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Washington

43
26 65
Charleston is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Dani Porter added South Carolina, USA

44
44 102
Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Arizona

45
35 85
Orlando is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Florida

46
32 79
Santa Barbara is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
ttr12276 added California, USA

47
34 84
Nashville is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Tennessee

48
18 52
Encinitas is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
ttr12276 added California, USA

49
17 50
Chico is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
ttr12276 added California, USA

50
46 109
Pasadena is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
California