2019 Best Counties for Young Professionals Methodology

The 2019 Best Counties for Young Professionals ranking provides a comprehensive assessment of key factors that are meaningful for young professionals at the county level. This grade takes into account key factors, such as access to bars and restaurants, affordability, and job opportunities, in an attempt to measure the appeal of an area for young professionals. Learn where our data comes from.

Factors Considered

Residents 25-34 Years OldPercentage of residents between the ages of 25 and 34.U.S. Census15.0%
Access to BarsA measure of both the proximity (per square mile) and the availability (per capita) of Bars and similar establishments.Multiple Sources12.5%
Access to Coffee ShopsA measure of both the proximity (per square mile) and the availability (per capita) of Coffee Shops and similar establishments.Multiple Sources12.5%
Access to RestaurantsA measure of both the proximity (per square mile) and the availability (per capita) of Full-Service Restaurants.Multiple Sources12.5%
Higher Education RatePercentage of residents who have received a bachelor’s degree or higher.U.S. Census12.5%
Cost of Living GradeBased on the consumer price index and access to affordable housing. Multiple Sources10.0%
Diversity GradeBased on ethnic, generational and economic diversity. Multiple Sources7.5%
Composite Overall ScoreNiche survey responses scored on a 1-5 scale regarding the overall experience of the county.Self-reported by Niche users5.0%
Crime & Safety GradeBased on violent and property crime rates.Multiple Sources5.0%
Percent Change in EmployeesThe percent change in the number of employed individuals from 2011 to 2014 at the county level.U.S. Census5.0%
Young Professional NewcomersThe percent of residents between the ages of 25 and 34, who moved into the area within the last year.U.S. Census2.5%

 

The same methodology is used to produce the Good for Millennials Grade for each ranked county as well as additional places. Statistics are primarily obtained from the U.S. Census and represent the most recent data available.

For more details about how we calculate our rankings, click here.