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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132 99
London is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
danisatriangle added Great Britain, United Kingdom

2
156 134
New York City is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
New York

3
78 52
Paris is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
fl0rie added Île-de-France, France

4
171 173
San Francisco is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
California

5
144 155
Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
California

6
121 135
Chicago is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Illinois

7
126 147
Seattle is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Washington

8
100 113
Boston is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Massachusetts

9
53 58
Milan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
smed1964 added Lombardy, Italy

10
119 155
San Diego is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
California

11
39 44
Hamburg is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
fl0rie added West Germany

12
102 136
Austin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Texas

13
44 52
Pittsburgh is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
fenton003 added Pennsylvania, USA

14
73 97
Minneapolis is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Minnesota

15
89 121
Denver is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Colorado

16
70 93
Philadelphia is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Pennsylvania

17
42 53
Oxford is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
JosephJamesEdwardGarbett added Oxfordshire, United Kingdom

18
53 71
Milwaukee is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Wisconsin

19
76 112
Honolulu is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Hawaii

20
83 125
Portland is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Oregon

21
82 124
Washington, D.C. is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Cities for Young People

22
45 67
Baltimore is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Maryland

23
28 40
Columbus is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
jeremypelzer added Ohio, USA

24
24 35
Bourgas is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
PeterPetrov added Bourgas

25
35 53
Hartford is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Connecticut