#1 Best Cities for Young Professionals in America
- City in Massachusetts
- 74 reviews
Current Resident: Everything about Cambridge is great! It's a very pretty city with remarkable history. It has one of the best colleges in the world; Harvard, which helped the city to be highly educated, even if they weren't Harvard students. There’s a significant number of highly intellectual people all around. Also, the city is rich in museums & galleries that encompasses a significant number historical artifacts & valuable knowledge. I also love how clean and environment friendly the city is. Plastic bags are prohibited & paper ones are charged to minimize waste. Recycling is really emphasized. Restaurants & cafes are endless! There are many highly reviewed places that are worth traveling to. Shopping is great at Cambridge! There are unlimited shopping options and there are many vintage and hand-made gift stores all around. People are nice and super friendly. The MBTA works well in Cambridge and connect it to the greater city of Boston, which makes commuting much easier.
- 110,893 Population
#2 Best Cities for Young Professionals in America
- City in California
- 643 reviews
Current Resident: I was born and raised in San Francisco, so for as long as I can remember, I have been playing in the parks, reading at the libraries, and attending the wonderful schools. Reading was such a huge part of mine and my brother's childhood, so every afternoon after school, and most weekends, were spent at the Western Addition library with our heads buried inside books. During the summer, if we were lucky enough to have a couple warm days, my family would pack some sandwiches and snacks and bring some towels to Crissy Field to enjoy the sunshine and freezing cold ocean. Overall, growing up in SF was a childhood I am so grateful for!
- 864,263 Population
#3 Best Cities for Young Professionals in America
- City in Washington
- 693 reviews
Current Resident: Seattle is a small town big city. Chances are you will know everyone (at least through someone/common connections). We have amazing food, awesome coffee, and great universities. We have professional sports teams of all variety, and soon even a hockey team! We have one of the best public transit systems in the states including busses, trains, trolleys, and even a monorail! Seattle is a booming tech capital and has some of the biggest companies in the world. Capitol Hill is super fun for bar hopping. There are some fun family activities, parks all over, and many fantastic sites to see. There is always something new to do in here. Once you visit most don't want to leave!
- 688,245 Population
#4 Best Cities for Young Professionals in America
- City in Virginia
- 154 reviews
Current Resident: Arlington is a great community and a great place to live. There are lots of things to do, in addition to great restaurants. There is a lot of outdoor space with parks and playgrounds and trails. It is also very bike-friendly, and it is close to DC where you can visit numerous museums and galleries— many for free! Arlington also offers great services for its residents, including career counseling services.
- 229,534 Population
#5 Best Cities for Young Professionals in America
- City in District of Columbia
- 538 reviews
Works Here: Washington DC brings a neighborhood of diversity! There is so to learn from all the different ethnicity's in the area. There is always something to do in all parts; whether it's arts, eating, education, night life, sports. Not only are the folks diverse but so is the weather! You get a feel for all 4 seasons. Things I would change about DC are prices. I am not fortunate to have a high paying job so some areas and events I cannot attend. I live outside of DC due to the high prices in the city.
- 672,391 Population
#6 Best Cities for Young Professionals in America
- City in California
- 134 reviews
Current Resident: Berkeley is a wonderful city full of an interesting, open-minded and intelligent group of people. The city is very culturally diverse and open to accepting anyone from anywhere. The food scene is to die for and if organically grown is what you live by, look no further than Berkeley grocery stores, farmers markets and more. One small down side would be the lack of club life (for the younger folks), there are however many perfectly adequate bars as well a little college student scene on Telegraph Avenue. Overall, I highly recommend living here or going to school here if accepted!
- 120,179 Population
#7 Best Cities for Young Professionals in America
- City in Massachusetts
- 588 reviews
Current Resident: I love Boston because it is one of most beautiful cities in the world. There is so much love and pride citywide, especially because our sports teams are AMAZING! We truly are the CITY OF CHAMPIONS. However, I wish there was more integration geographically speaking. The Italians live in the North End, the Irish live in South Boston, African Americans live in Mattapan, the list goes on. I wish that my extremely racially diverse city would integrate themselves more so we can all become more culturally and socially aware.
- 669,158 Population
#8 Best Cities for Young Professionals in America
- City in Minnesota
- 491 reviews
Current Resident: It’s a beautifully diverse place to live, which I much perfer. There’s just about any housing one requires, from: Apartments, to Condominiums, to private housing, to Lower income housing, to Senior Citizens we have it all! Beautiful parks, Nature reserves, an abundance of lakes & more. We have crime like anywhere else in this country, but even living in the inner City is safe if you utilize common sense & safety as your guidelines, as in anywhere you live. Employment is abundant and opportunities are open to all here, if your willing to work for it. Shopping, entertainment, and most anything one desires is also abundant in most locations, even in our suburbs. Minneapolis is a great place for Families, Singles, Children of all ages,& Senior Citizens alike. I personally love that we live as Americans were intended to live...ALL PEOPLE of all races, creeds, genders, religions live, work, & play together in harmony here, at least most of us do.
- 411,452 Population
#9 Best Cities for Young Professionals in America
- City in Virginia
- 269 reviews
Current Resident: I love Alexandria because it is so close to the city of D.C. We can easily be in the city for many events and not pay the high price of living in the city. Living in Alexandria gives you the feel of suburban living with the convenience of a short commute. There is not a suggestion for change as I love living there! Alexandria has walking trails for families and dogs. It also boasts great schools and thriving community businesses. There is also a nightlife scene, many grocery stores to choose from, doctors, and lovely homes. The city of Alexandria contains all that is needed to live a happy and healthy life.
- 154,710 Population
New York City
#10 Best Cities for Young Professionals in America
- City in New York
- 1,076 reviews
Current Resident: NYC is a diverse and lively community with hundreds of places to visit with friends and family. Each borough has its own unique features that attract a lot of people each year, such as Coney Island in Brooklyn or the Botanical Gardens in the Bronx. When in Manhattan, there are so many places you can go to and there's a little bit of something for everyone! Macy's in Herald Square for the shoppers, Taiyaki NYC (which are known for their fish-shaped waffle cones! Definitely recommend it!) for food-lovers, and the Whitney for museum-goers (to name a few). There's always a lot of traffic wherever you go, so if you want to explore the concrete jungle, walking is the way to do it. And for the perfect instagram post of the city, the viewpoint from the Brooklyn Bridge is a good option.
- 8,560,072 Population
#11 Best Cities for Young Professionals in America
- City in Colorado
- 789 reviews
Current Resident: If you are interested in art, food, and breweries and plentiful of events year round this just might be the place for you. Denver has a wide range of family friendly activities such as the theme parks, Denver Zoo, and Aquarium, but in addition has an exciting nightlife as well. During the summer almost every other business hires but there is a large decline during the winter mostly due to the fact that local businesses close on Mondays and Tuesdays. Denver is extremely efficient and reliable public transportation some, like the 16th street mall, is free to ride. Over all Denver is a wonderful place to not only visit but live as well!
- 678,467 Population
#12 Best Cities for Young Professionals in America
- City in Pennsylvania
- 541 reviews
Current Resident: Pittsburgh ranks far above any other city in terms of diversity and culture. In the Cultural District, you cannot walk one inch without being enriched with Pittsburgh's broad history and the nuances created by the locals. The food, a mixture of classic American fare with notable Polish accents, is flat out delicious and can please the pickiest of eaters. Pittsburgh also holds one of the finest symphonies in the world, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, who perform year round. The possibilities are endless in this wonderful city. It is great for visiting and living long term!
- 305,012 Population
#13 Best Cities for Young Professionals in America
- City in California
- 181 reviews
Current Resident: Lived in Maywood Park since 2005. Our son grew up here. Santa Clara has a surprisingly provincial compared to neighbor Sunnyvale which feels busier, or Mountain View which is, like Palo Alto, rather more elitist. Santa Clara is just... friendly in comparison. Bland initially, it has improved over the years with more trees and better retail. Climate is perfect. Gets a bit polluted during winter, like the rest of the bay area. Cupertino schools are truly top notch. Feel exceedingly safe. Excellent city services. Houses go for 1.5M+ in my neighborhood, but very little inventory year over year. Traffic is the main neighborhood concern due to Apple commuters. However residential streets are not really affected just avenues. Love to walk and run daily through all local streets. Busier Palo Alto feels too urban and busy for that. Overall we feel very blessed and fortunate to have landed in southwest Santa Clara!
- 124,635 Population
#14 Best Cities for Young Professionals in America
- City in Oregon
- 895 reviews
Current Resident: Portland has been growing and changing over the last 10 years. There are way more events and activities throughout the city. Small local business have expanded and become staples of the city. The city pretty great! However, certain communities are struggling, and gentrification in the city hasn't subsided much since the 70s. And, rent is stupid ridiculous. The city has potential to be something incredible but like most of the country there are some political and social issues that need more attention.
- 630,331 Population
#15 Best Cities for Young Professionals in America
- City in California
- 206 reviews
Current Resident: One of the safest cities in the nation! A diverse community with highly rated schools. It is one of the smaller major cities located in Silicon Valley, and it doesn't have as much traffic as the other ones. It is famous for being the HQ for some major tech companies.
- 151,565 Population
#16 Best Cities for Young Professionals in America
- City in Washington
- 102 reviews
Current Resident: I love Bellevue because of all it has to offer. You have the city life, a 30 min drive from incredible hiking, or if you travel the opposite way you're at the beach. The neighborhoods are safe, well kept up, and a great amount of diverse restaurants to try. The schools are wonderful and the people are even better. With so many different fields of work from medical to tech and everything in between there is plenty of job opportunity. Bellevue will be my forever home!
- 139,014 Population
#17 Best Cities for Young Professionals in America
- City in Texas
- 1,912 reviews
Current Resident: Austin is a great city! Compared to places like Los Angles, Austin really has character and even the surrounding Austin cities (Round Rock, Georgetown, Cedar Park, etc.) have something to offer. Both main school districts (RRISD & AISD) are pretty good, downtown is packed with stuff to do and really Austin has plenty of places and people that make it special. I will say that as Austin grows and becomes much more metropolitan it loses some of what makes it "weird", but if you can find those key places that retain charm, it's a fantastic place to live.
- 916,906 Population
#18 Best Cities for Young Professionals in America
- City in Michigan
- 433 reviews
Niche User: A sweet and enjoyable small town! Ann Arbor offers everything that you need in your day to day life. The town is filled with restaurants, shops, music venues, fantastic schools, grocery stores and the best farmers market! I really enjoy the small town feel, but it is also nice that we have access to Detroit and if you are up to a big adventure Chicago is only 4 hours away! I am here as a graduate student and I am very glad I chose to come to Ann Arbor. Everyday you will see students, working professionals, and retirees walking around the town, eating at restaurants and truly enjoying life! Also, the ARBORETUM is to die for (trust me, you will want to go see this place). I can definitely see myself raising my kids here one day! DEFINITELY A MUST SEE TOWN!
- 119,303 Population
#19 Best Cities for Young Professionals in America
- City in New Jersey
- 210 reviews
Current Resident: I grew up in Jersey City; a mosaic composed of tiles either broken, dull or delicately beautiful, each hailing from every corner of the Earth. I was nurtured without witnessing racial tension and had the freedom to experience cultures vastly different from my own. It is a place where everyone lives harmoniously and deeply appreciate one another. In no other place on Earth would I be able to learn traditional dance in a ghagra choli and twirl in Garba, or greedily devour lumpia with my Filipino friends, or be taught Korean and Egyptian customs all within a few square miles.
- 265,932 Population
#20 Best Cities for Young Professionals in America
- City in Illinois
- 1,879 reviews
Current Resident: I was born here and I can't imagine leaving for a suburban environment. Maybe it's the "youthful spirit" that forces me to stay here but I can't deny that Chicago has my heart. Because of the "Windy City", I can't sleep when it is extremely silent, providing me with the superpower (or curse) to be able to sleep through just about anything. Because of "Chitown", I am always simulated and always exploring. You'll never be bored here. Because of the "Second city", I have no car because the public transportation will take just about anywhere in the city. IT EVEN GOES TO EVANSTON! A "VILLAGE" THAT'S NOT EVEN A PART OF CHICAGO!
- 2,722,586 Population
#21 Best Cities for Young Professionals in America
- City in Georgia
- 849 reviews
Nearby Resident: Atlanta is one of my favorite cities to visit on the weekends. With popular destinations such as Ponce City and Krog Street Market, grabbing a meal has never been easier or more delicious. If you are looking to be active, I suggest visiting Centennial Olympic Park or the Belt Line for a brisk jog or just a mild stroll to experience Atlanta's scenery. Not to mention the popping college scene with facilities for Georgia State State University and Georgia Tech providing beautiful campus tours as well. For your shopping needs, I suggest trying stores like Buffalo Exchange or stores within Ponce City Market to find a one-of-a-kind piece. There is always something to do in Atlanta!
- 465,230 Population
#22 Best Cities for Young Professionals in America
- City in Georgia
- 174 reviews
Current Resident: I've been living in Sandy Springs for ten years now and I absolutely love it! Everywhere I need to go is highly accessible and not far away at all. I go walking to the Riverside Park all the time and having the Sandy Springs library near is so convenient. You will never get bored here, as there is always something fun to do around the corner. If you've never visited this city, I highly recommend you do, and bring your family while you're at it!
- 103,703 Population
#23 Best Cities for Young Professionals in America
- City in Texas
- 737 reviews
Current Resident: Plano is an absolutely wonderful city! As a suburb of of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, it is both integrated and secluded in the hustle and bustle of city politics, economy and social culture. In 2012, it was ranked the third safest city in the United States, and has been similarly ranked since then.
Perhaps the most appealing element of the city is its truly suburban personality. Plano offers tons of family-oriented activities, such as shopping villages, cinemas, several parks and outdoor areas, and more. The education system is also top-notch, with the public schools ranked within the top 100 in the nation.
The greatest drawback of the city is its affordability, which is extremely low despite the high real estate. However, the benefits of the city significantly outweigh its negative aspects and it is definitely among my top recommended cities.
- 281,566 Population
#24 Best Cities for Young Professionals in America
- City in California
- 359 reviews
Current Resident: Irvine, ranked one of the safest cities in America, is also a master-planned community, which allows all residents easy access to parks, hiking trails, and shopping centers. Furthermore, Irvine has seen an increase in new developments in the past decade, so most houses that are being sold are recent constructions. It also boasts an education system that prides itself on rigor and quality. Living in Irvine means everything is nearby, usually within walking distance, which promotes developing a healthy lifestyle and attending all the exciting community events that Irvine has to offer.
- 256,877 Population
#25 Best Cities for Young Professionals in America
- City in Wisconsin
- 614 reviews
Former Resident: The city of Madison has a lot for everyone to do, from the LGBTQ community to the outdoor sports enthusiast. It is an island of culture and experiences hidden in an otherwise no frills agricultural state. Due to this, it has relatively low crime and is safer than most places. There are regular events, such as festivals, art fairs, and indoor/outdoor music experiences. Many of these are free! It is a good city for people with active social lives, and with its parks and gorgeous libraries, it is great for introverts as well. The only downsides are chaotic driving during the winter and the cost of buying a home. Renting can be done reasonably cheap, however.
- 248,856 Population
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