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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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San Francisco is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
San Francisco California

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104 83
London is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
danisatriangle added London Great Britain, United Kingdom

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129 114
Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Los Angeles California

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124 113
New York City is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
New York City New York

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53 37
Paris is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
fl0rie added Paris Île-de-France, France

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110 112
Seattle is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Seattle Washington

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107 113
San Diego is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
San Diego California

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101 115
Chicago is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Chicago Illinois

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79 90
Denver is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Denver Colorado

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87 101
Austin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Austin Texas

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69 79
Honolulu is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Honolulu Hawaii

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75 94
Portland is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Portland Oregon

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77 97
Boston is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Boston Massachusetts

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32 37
Oxford is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
JosephJamesEdwardGarbett added Oxford Oxfordshire, United Kingdom

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71 97
Miami is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Miami Florida

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34 45
Milan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
smed1964 added Milan Lombardy, Italy

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24 31
Hamburg is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
fl0rie added Hamburg West Germany

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19 25
Bourgas is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
PeterPetrov added Bourgas

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8 9
Wilmington is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Wilmington North Carolina, USA

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56 83
Las Vegas is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Las Vegas Nevada

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63 106
Washington, D.C. is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Cities for Young People

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66 111
San Jose is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
San Jose California

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34 61
Laguna Beach is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
ttr12276 added Laguna Beach California, USA

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46 84
Pasadena is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Pasadena California

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36 67
Santa Cruz is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
ttr12276 added Santa Cruz California, USA

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43 80
Philadelphia is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Philadelphia Pennsylvania

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29 56
Istanbul is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
HalilFuatÇınar added Istanbul Marmara Region, Turkey

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48 89
Minneapolis is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Minneapolis Minnesota

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33 64
Santa Monica is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
ttr12276 added Santa Monica California, USA

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32 64
Charlotte is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Charlotte North Carolina

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30 61
Irvine is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Irvine California

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30 61
Orlando is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Orlando Florida

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30 61
Santa Barbara is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
ttr12276 added Santa Barbara California, USA

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49 95
Kansas City is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
moonbeamkc added Kansas City Missouri, USA

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42 83
Boulder is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Boulder Colorado

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39 79
Oakland is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Oakland California

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29 61
Milwaukee is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Milwaukee Wisconsin

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30 63
Nashville is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Nashville Tennessee

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16 38
Pittsburgh is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
fenton003 added Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, USA

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22 49
Charleston is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Dani Porter added Charleston South Carolina, USA

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6 20
Mumbai is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Unnabh Ghosh added Mumbai Maharashtra, India

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39 80
Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Phoenix Arizona

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18 42
Encinitas is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
ttr12276 added Encinitas California, USA

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25 55
Salt Lake City is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Cities for Young People

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8 24
Albuquerque is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Nicolego7 added Albuquerque New Mexico, USA

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21 48
Raleigh is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Raleigh North Carolina

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16 39
Chico is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
ttr12276 added Chico California, USA

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12 32
Anchorage is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
buckyrich added Anchorage Anchorage, AK Metropolitan Statistical Area, Alaska

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19 45
Spokane is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Spokane Washington

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26 58
Baltimore is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Baltimore Maryland