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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121 93
London is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
danisatriangle added Great Britain, United Kingdom

2
147 125
New York City is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
New York

3
66 47
Paris is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
fl0rie added Île-de-France, France

4
168 164
San Francisco is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
California

5
138 147
Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
California

6
114 127
Chicago is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Illinois

7
94 106
Boston is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Massachusetts

8
119 141
Seattle is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Washington

9
48 50
Milan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
smed1964 added Lombardy, Italy

10
114 145
San Diego is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
California

11
41 44
Oxford is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
JosephJamesEdwardGarbett added Oxfordshire, United Kingdom

12
35 37
Hamburg is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
fl0rie added West Germany

13
39 44
Pittsburgh is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
fenton003 added Pennsylvania, USA

14
96 129
Austin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Texas

15
49 64
Milwaukee is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Wisconsin

16
65 88
Philadelphia is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Pennsylvania

17
69 94
Minneapolis is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Minnesota

18
84 118
Denver is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Colorado

19
73 104
Honolulu is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Hawaii

20
81 117
Washington, D.C. is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Cities for Young People

21
45 62
Baltimore is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Maryland

22
81 120
Portland is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Oregon

23
35 49
Hartford is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Connecticut

24
24 32
Bourgas is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
PeterPetrov added Bourgas

25
27 37
Columbus is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
jeremypelzer added Ohio, USA

26
13 16
Newark is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Scrollhectic added New Jersey, USA

27
20 29
Madison, Wisconsin is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
buckyrich added Madison, Wisconsin

28
23 34
Anchorage is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
buckyrich added Anchorage, AK Metropolitan Statistical Area, Alaska

29
42 65
Detroit is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Michigan

30
37 58
Richmond is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
carlybobarly added Virginia

31
74 123
Miami is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Florida

32
34 64
Istanbul is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
HalilFuatÇınar added Marmara Region, Turkey

33
19 38
New Orleans is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
cpitre27 added Louisiana, USA

34
59 110
Las Vegas is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Nevada

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

36
44 86
Oakland is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
California

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

38
67 138
San Jose is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
California

39
8 27
Mumbai is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Unnabh Ghosh added Maharashtra, India

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

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

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

43
9 31
Albuquerque is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Nicolego7 added New Mexico, USA

44
17 48
Chico is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
ttr12276 added California, USA

45
38 90
Santa Cruz is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
ttr12276 added California, USA

46
43 100
Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Arizona

47
46 107
Pasadena is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
California

48
44 103
Boulder is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
Colorado

49
10 34
Wilmington is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
North Carolina, USA

50
35 85
Laguna Beach is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Cities for Young People
ttr12276 added California, USA