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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138 108
London is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
danisatriangle added Great Britain, United Kingdom
2
86 57
Paris is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
fl0rie added Île-de-France, France
3
166 141
New York City is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
New York
4
175 187
San Francisco is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
California
5
150 170
Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
California
6
134 152
Seattle is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Washington
7
127 143
Chicago is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Illinois
8
109 125
Boston is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Massachusetts
9
84 101
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
48 58
Pittsburgh is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
fenton003 added Pennsylvania, USA
13
121 165
San Diego is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
California
14
74 100
Philadelphia is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Pennsylvania
15
30 35
Madison, Wisconsin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
buckyrich added Madison, Wisconsin
16
57 76
Milwaukee is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Wisconsin
17
44 57
Oxford is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
JosephJamesEdwardGarbett added Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
18
40 51
Hamburg is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
fl0rie added West Germany
19
96 136
Denver is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Colorado
20
90 127
Washington, D.C. is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
21
87 129
Portland is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Oregon
22
77 115
Honolulu is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Hawaii
23
48 70
Baltimore is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Maryland
24
42 64
Richmond is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
carlybobarly added Virginia
25
35 56
Hartford is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Connecticut