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

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144 123
New York City is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
New York City New York

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64 45
Paris is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
fl0rie added Paris Île-de-France, France

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166 162
San Francisco is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
San Francisco California

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136 144
Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Los Angeles California

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113 124
Chicago is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Chicago Illinois

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93 103
Boston is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Boston Massachusetts

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118 139
Seattle is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Seattle Washington

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47 49
Milan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
smed1964 added Milan Lombardy, Italy

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113 143
San Diego is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
San Diego California

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39 43
Oxford is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
JosephJamesEdwardGarbett added Oxford Oxfordshire, United Kingdom

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33 36
Hamburg is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
fl0rie added Hamburg West Germany

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Austin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Austin Texas

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36 42
Pittsburgh is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
fenton003 added Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, USA

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64 85
Philadelphia is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Philadelphia Pennsylvania

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48 63
Milwaukee is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Milwaukee Wisconsin

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

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67 93
Minneapolis is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Minneapolis Minnesota

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45 60
Baltimore is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Baltimore Maryland

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Washington, D.C. is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Cities for Young People

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Honolulu is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Honolulu Hawaii

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

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Bourgas is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
PeterPetrov added Bourgas

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Portland is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Portland Oregon

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Newark is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Scrollhectic added Newark New Jersey, USA

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Hartford is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Hartford Connecticut

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Detroit is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Detroit Michigan

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Madison, Wisconsin is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
buckyrich added Madison, Wisconsin

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

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Richmond is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
carlybobarly added Richmond Virginia

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

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33 63
Istanbul is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
HalilFuatÇınar added Istanbul Marmara Region, Turkey

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Las Vegas is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Las Vegas Nevada

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New Orleans is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
cpitre27 added New Orleans Louisiana, USA

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52 100
Kansas City is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
moonbeamkc added Kansas City Missouri, USA

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

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28 62
Salt Lake City is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Cities for Young People

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San Jose is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
San Jose California

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Mumbai is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Unnabh Ghosh added Mumbai Maharashtra, India

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19 49
Spokane is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Spokane Washington

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32 77
Santa Barbara is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
ttr12276 added Santa Barbara California, USA

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38 90
Santa Cruz is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
ttr12276 added Santa Cruz California, USA

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17 48
Chico is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
ttr12276 added Chico California, USA

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46 107
Pasadena is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Pasadena California

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44 103
Boulder is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Boulder Colorado

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35 85
Laguna Beach is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
ttr12276 added Laguna Beach California, USA

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34 83
Orlando is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Orlando Florida

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34 83
Santa Monica is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
ttr12276 added Santa Monica California, USA

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32 79
Irvine is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Irvine California

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10 34
Wilmington is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Wilmington North Carolina, USA