#26 Best Cities for Young Professionals in America
- City in California
- 452 reviews
Current Resident: I am originally from San Francisco and was a little hesitant about living in Oakland at first. But I am totally loving it! The weather is amazing, the people are friendly, diverse and active. There are tons of events, great food scene and nightlife (although since covid it's been a little harder to explore these areas). There is also tons of great outdoors activities, such as hiking in the Joachin Miller park. It's a great mix of city vibes, but chill and laid back at the same time. If you're thinking of moving to the bay area, I highly suggest choosing Oakland!
- 421,042 Population
#27 Best Cities for Young Professionals in America
- City in Wisconsin
- 673 reviews
Current Resident: I really enjoy living in Madison, WI. For one of the bigger cities in Wisconsin, it feels very open and comfortable. Everyone is really nice and there is so much to do! I love going to different markets, museums, and just walking through the pretty parts of the university campus. It is also in such a great position, between lake Mendota and Monona, because you can have your city life, but also your outdoors/lake life through hiking and kayaking, etc. The only difficult part about the quality of living is renting is super expensive in Madison. Also, if you are a student they almost scare you into renting as soon as possible, which is usually by October!
- 252,086 Population
#28 Best Cities for Young Professionals in America
- City in California
- 228 reviews
Current Resident: I would definitely describe Pasadena as a large community inside of the Southern California area. While it can seem like a huge city at times, you are guaranteed to either run into or walk past someone you know wherever you find yourself. Pasadena is also a city where I find pretty much everything is accessible within 20 minutes at most. Whether you love to explore new restaurants, go out shopping for a night, or even need easy access to freeways, it is all in close proximity. Additionally, there is always something going on!
- 141,246 Population
#29 Best Cities for Young Professionals in America
- City in South Carolina
- 629 reviews
Current Resident: I love living in Charleston. It's beautiful and very historic. However, as someone who lives and commutes every day I know the traffic gets worse and worse every day as more move here. Public transportation is not a viable option either and housing is also becoming more daunting every year too. However culture, history, schools, and everything else is fantastic! Also, home to the number one and two schools in the state!
- 133,762 Population
#30 Best Cities for Young Professionals in America
- City in Minnesota
- 343 reviews
Current Resident: I was born and raised in St. "Small." I moved to California for 2 years and rushed back as soon as I could. The people are great, the seasons are all amazing and the food is the best in the mid-west by far (including Chicago)! We have the most talented chefs in the country. There are tons of things to do year-round. A perfect mix of urban and rural. Night-life is on-point as well. A great place to raise a family. The people are progressive and "MN Nice" is a real thing. Major market for all professional sports teams. Overall, an amazing place to live!
- 302,760 Population
#31 Best Cities for Young Professionals in America
- City in Florida
- 1,622 reviews
Current Resident: As a young adult with no kids I adore living in Orlando! There's alot to do, always something going on downtown and around the city, not to mention being close to the theme parks! There are some cons though, Orlando is pretty sprawling so across town can be an hour+ drive, especially if there is traffic, which there always is traffic. It can also be pretty expensive so most people live just outside the city and commute to work which is where the traffic comes in, not to mention all the tourist unsure of where they are going. I personally love the chaos and being in the middle of everything and always having something to do and somewhere to go. There's always cool new cafes popping up, events happening at the parks, and is a great place to explore for the day, or even a lifetime.
- 275,690 Population
#32 Best Cities for Young Professionals in America
- City in Pennsylvania
- 1,637 reviews
Current Resident: Philly is wonderful! The city is a surplus of great experiences, people, and food. Even a walk downtown is good fun with the shimmering "Friendship Fountain" and colorful shopping area in Center City. There are so many exceptional musicians, jazzy singers, and creative artists flourishing in Philadelphia. And one cannot live here without knowing the joy that is a gooey, meaty Philly cheesesteak. Philly is a great place to tour and is even better to live in
- 1,575,522 Population
#33 Best Cities for Young Professionals in America
- City in Louisiana
- 219 reviews
Current Resident: It is a very nice city with a wide range of things to do with your family. It is a very nice and fairly safe to raise a family. It is very close to New Orleans and the NO international airport. It is multi cultural, and multiple age groups. There are a lot of state of the art medical facilities. There are several major universities with in a short commute. The public transportation could be better, if you don't have a car there are many places that are hard to access. While the private schools are good, the public schools have some opportunities.
- 143,481 Population
#34 Best Cities for Young Professionals in America
- City in Louisiana
- 535 reviews
Current Resident: The food, culture and people make this city truly unique! Take a trip down for Mardi Gras and experience the time of your life. Beads, doubloons, horns, and stuffed toys will fly. Stroll through the streets of the lower garden district, meet the people and observe the beauty of not only the stately homes but also the locals. Grab a snowball on a warm summer day and sit on the levee and watch the mighty Mississippi River roll by with a friend by your side then take a streetcar ride down the Avenue and watch the glorious oak trees go by. The magic of the Crescent City is not to be missed so make sure you put it on your bucket list!
- 389,648 Population
#35 Best Cities for Young Professionals in America
- City in California
- 143 reviews
Works Here: This is a city full of life that is an excellent place for families because there are some K-12 schools that are fundamental. There are also some popular tourist attractions such as South Coast Plaza, which is a great place for anyone to visit! There are also attractions like ice cream places, hamburger joints, and diverse restaurants. Although this city has many attractions, it still has essential places to shop for necessities and groceries like Trader Joes, Target, Costco, and Sam's Club. This is a great place for people that want to have a little bit of everything and have great experiences.
- 113,198 Population
#36 Best Cities for Young Professionals in America
- City in California
- 258 reviews
Current Resident: The city of Torrance has an amazing feeling of home to it. Due to it being a smaller city, it is very easy to meet the people around you and live in a very connected community. Its location in comparison to other areas of Southern California is considered convenient and "in the middle of everything" by many. Although there isn't much to nightlife, the city has many beautiful and restaurants and places with unique qualities to them so one could still have an amazing night out. The city overall is a perfect place for families and even young individuals. Torrance has something to offer, no matter who you are!
- 146,392 Population
#37 Best Cities for Young Professionals in America
- City in Kansas
- 405 reviews
Current Resident: Overland Park is a great suburb of Kansas City. It has a terrific family atmosphere. There are plenty of places to eat and shop. OP also has great sports facilities including a world class youth soccer complex as well as several top notch sports academies. Sitting just 15 minutes outside of Kansas City, Overland Park also has access to world-class performing arts, KC Royals, KC Chiefs, the College Basketball Experience including the entertainment district Power & Light, Country Club Plaza, Crown Center (Hallmark), and much more. Of course being the BBQ capital of the nation we also are close to KC Joe's, Hayward's, Jack Stack, Gates and more!
- 188,687 Population
#38 Best Cities for Young Professionals in America
- City in North Carolina
- 1,149 reviews
Visitor: Raleigh keeps their communities, stores, parks and streets clean. They are good for transportation with buses, or taxis. A lot of great public schools, especially colleges for furthering education ( ncstate, methodist, William peace etc). There are several affordable places to live/ enjoy and with family/friends (fun activities). I do know they have free events every month, especially around the holidays. I know Raleigh have many restaurants for vegetarians, meat and sweet lovers. The community is very diverse. Majority of the people I have met are friendly and supportive. There are plenty or non-profits/organizations that helps those that are need for assistance. A lot of volunteering occurs as well which is a blessing. The commute isn't too bad as long as you go with the flow of traffic. The police department do their best to get to those on need during on, off call. Overall, I have to say Raleigh is a great place to live, or visit. Its always something great to do there!
- 457,159 Population
#39 Best Cities for Young Professionals in America
- City in Missouri
- 384 reviews
Current Resident: What I like about Saint Louis is the affordability of the housing. I like the colleges/universities we have are all near each other and are top ranking. The rich diverse history of the city. I enjoy the growing restaurant scene popping up. I enjoy the quaint little areas like the Central West End and downtown on Washington where residence can enjoy fine dining, shopping, and nightlife within walking distance of where they live. The city has beautiful architecture in the buildings and brick houses that's been here for a hundred years. Our city has some of the best public schools in the country. We have great city attraction such as the Saint Louis Arch, The St. Louis Zoo, and our new Aquarium. We have top notch hospitals such as Barnes and St. Louis University Hospital. I love that we that greet people by asking "What high school did you go to". Summers are a blast here with free concerts and plays. Finally, the best thing about my city is baseball go Saint Louis Cardinals!
- 311,273 Population
#40 Best Cities for Young Professionals in America
- City in North Carolina
- 965 reviews
Current Resident: Absolutely love it! So many fun activities to do in Charlotte like going to Freedom Park, Carowinds, and the National White Water Center. I feel like there is a good amount of job opportunities for everyone in the Charlotte area and can identify that lots of areas are starting to grow more and more. Lots of healthy activities everyone can do like yoga classes at the YMCA, running at a local school track, and kickboxing classes. Some areas of Charlotte are more affordable than others, so make sure you do your research when thinking about moving to Charlotte. It is definitely family-friendly, as neighbors are extremely welcoming as well as local people you bump into. Charlotte has a great number of restaurants that are fantastic and are worthwhile. NoDa and Plaza Midwood are being known as the "hip" area for students and adults in their early 20s as a fun place to grab a bite to eat and go shopping.
- 841,611 Population
#41 Best Cities for Young Professionals in America
- City in Texas
- 674 reviews
Current Resident: Irving is extremely diverse, and the Northern areas especially are high-demand. The city is very centrally located to the Dallas-Fort Worth area, especially the premier neighborhoods & towns like Southlake, Coppell, Las Colinas, and Valley Ranch. Irving is the former home of the Dallas Cowboys, but has remained well-kept, very well planned, and property values are excellent!
- 238,637 Population
#42 Best Cities for Young Professionals in America
- City in California
- 866 reviews
Current Resident: San Diego is a great place to live other than the traffic, which is still better than LA and the cost of living which is ridiculous. Food shouldn't be so expensive, HOWEVER, we have access to fruits all year round (especially good avocado's) and lots of dairy-free choices and new foods that are not available in other places I have visited. Also, the school district here is a tyrannical and a one size fits all kinda place which is not helpful for kids that are beyond their grades. Other than that, it's fantastic and the weather is wonderful!
- 1,401,932 Population
#44 Best Cities for Young Professionals in America
- City in Rhode Island
- 198 reviews
Nearby Resident: Providence is one of the most vibrant small cities on the east coast. A truly superb and diverse selection of restaurants to suit every taste and budget. Eclectic, boutique shopping in quaint neighborhoods and a beautiful, high-end mall with every popular store you would expect to find. The city also offers plenty of entertainment choices from live music venues, off Broadway shows and small community theaters. Galleries and museums for art enthusiasts and an exciting international college student scene makes Providence a great place to visit or live!
- 179,435 Population
#45 Best Cities for Young Professionals in America
- City in Hawaii
- 534 reviews
Current Resident: We're called the Aloha state for a reason! The culture in Honolulu is very friendly, and even amongst strangers, people refer to each other by "aunty," "uncle," or "cousin," which might be a bit of a culture shock for people coming from the mainland. Another point to add on that: Hawai'i is one of the most culturally diverse states—it's a smelting pot of many Asian, Pacific, Native, and European values, which some may find a comfort in.
That being said, it is also has one of the highest costs of living, which is something to pay attention to when applying for scholarships/financial aid packages. On the topic of city life, because Hawai'i is supported largely by the tourism industry, there are many attractions across the island; it's very hard to be bored here.
- 401,549 Population
#46 Best Cities for Young Professionals in America
- City in Nevada
- 373 reviews
Nearby Resident: Paradise, also know as Las Vegas, is a great city with so many things to do and see. Amazing shows and food from cultures all over the world allow for acculturation into many different tastes of the world.
- 233,689 Population
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#47 Best Cities for Young Professionals in America
- City in Utah
- 591 reviews
Current Resident: If you like the outdoors, this is the place to be! Skiing and snow sports are 30 minutes away from the airport and 20 minutes from downtown. Summer is a blast with hiking, mountain biking, camping, water sports. There are a ton of lakes within 30 minutes of downtown with camping, fishing and boating options. Southern Utah is red-rock country, and only 3-5 hours away from downtown, depending on which direction you go. The city itself is very conservative, but that just makes the more liberal folks try harder to push back. The art and music scenes are awesome, and believe it or not, we have great beer, wine and spirits made right in our city. There are a ton of bars and clubs, theaters and a large amusement park 25 minutes from downtown.
- 195,701 Population
#48 Best Cities for Young Professionals in America
- City in Connecticut
- 96 reviews
Current Resident: Downtown New Haven is very universal. They have lots of trendy restaurants, bars, clubs, bookstores, etc! The Yale Art Museum is absolutely stunning and such a good way to spend a rainy day! There's always something happening in New Haven for every age group! Don't forget to try the pizza while you're there!
- 130,529 Population
#49 Best Cities for Young Professionals in America
- City in Maryland
- 357 reviews
Nearby Resident: Columbia, MD is very family friendly and has the conveniences that all families needs such as supermarkets, malls, boutique shops, and restaurants. There are many places that you can enjoy outdoor leisure time and never have to worry about personal safety. The community is diverse and allows people to freely enjoy the secret treasures of this bedroom community. What takes it over the top is that there are options for all -- Walmart, Target, Sam's or Costco. A step further, there is Trader Joe's, Mom's and Whole Foods. One can enjoy reading a book at Barnes and Nobles, or having hot tea at the local IHOP. You can walk, jog or run around the lake, or just sit and enjoy the view. And, do not forget to pamper yourself at any number of the spas, nail shops and salons. And the warmer months allow you to enjoy the sounds of music at Merriweather Post Pavilion, which draws some of the hottest talent and largest crowds! Welcome to Columbia, MD - we are waiting for you...
- 103,663 Population
#50 Best Cities for Young Professionals in America
- City in Connecticut
- 161 reviews
Current Resident: I've lived in Stamford, CT for the past 24 years with my family and I have to say, I love it! It's a vibrant city with a population of 130,000 people of various backgrounds. You can see the diversity through art festivals, farmer's markets, as well as entertainment such as community theater and sports teams. My favorite landmark is the Museum & Nature center which features a farm, reptile house, playground, and museum. I love to hike through the trees there, especially during autumn when the leaves are fiery oranges and yellows. My favorite event in Stamford is the Thanksgiving Day parade. Families gather on the streets to watch giant helium balloons pass by apartments, listen to bagpipe players, dance together and eat lots from local eateries. I think Stamford would be a fantastic city for a wide range of people, from a college student to someone that wants to settle a family. It has a growing population with many opportunities for jobs, education, entertainment, and leisure!
- 129,026 Population
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