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Best Cities for Young Professionals

People early in their careers looking for a new place to live should consider these cities, which have many residents in their 20s and 30s, strong and growing economies, many recreational activities, and high walkability and bikeability scores.

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Methodology

We determined the best cities for young professionals by comparing the 541 cities in our database across 6 categories. Each category is evaluated over a range of metrics with each metric being judged on a different point scale, as indicated below. Cities that receive the maximum points for each metric are determined to be the most desireable and appear higher in the list.

20s and 30s - Total Points: 27

  • Proportion of population 25- to 34-years old1 - Points: 27

Recreational Activities - Total Points: 27
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  • Bars per household2 - Points: 16
  • Music venues3 - Points: 5
  • Music venues per capita3 - Points: 5

Local Transportation - Total Points: 18

  • Bikeability score4 - Points: 5
  • Walkability score4 - Points: 5
  • Commute via public transit5 - Points: 3
  • Commute via walking5 - Points: 3
  • Commute time (avg)5 - Points: 2

Outdoor Activities - Total Points: 9
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  • Parks6 - Points: 5
  • Beaches7 - Points: 4

Costs of Living - Total Points: 9
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  • Income8 - Points: 4
  • Median rent price9 - Points: 4
  • Income tax for median earners10 - Points: < 1

Growing Economy - Total Points: 9
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  • Employment growth (2010-2018)5 - Points: 3
  • Employment rate5 - Points: 3
  • Employment growth (2017-2018)5 - Points: 3
  • Employment rate (full-time)8 - Points: < 1
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Points doubled for fun calculation
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Points doubled for value calculation

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