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Best places in the nation for young people to live.

post #1 of 82
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I live in CT. I grew up here and moved back after law school about 2 years ago. I have a decent enough job/life, but I after reading a lot of stats and sitting in on a lot of commissions lately I am increasingly dismal about the future here. Connecticut is apparently 2nd in the nation for the exodus of young (25-40) people from the state.

Part of me thinks I should ride things out and be one of the few people left and take advantage of the high demand for young workers, but part of me thinks there must be better places out there.

What are the top places in the nation for young people? Where is there the best combo of job opportunities, low cost of living, and culture/entertainment for people in their 25-40s?
post #2 of 82
I think someone who is young should experience city life at least once. Be it in san francisco, nyc, seattle, chicago, wherever. Then they can be miserable and fail and retreat back home...or something like that. That's my plan for after college.
post #3 of 82
I grew up in the Australian equivalent of CT...Adelaide, South Australia. Adelaide has a similar exodus of young/smart/talented people (and me too). I highly recommend joining that exodus. Best thing I ever did.
post #4 of 82
+1 for San Francisco. I'd also recommend Boston. I grew up around these parts and have learned to love city life.


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I think someone who is young should experience city life at least once. Be it in san francisco, nyc, seattle, chicago, wherever.

Then they can be miserable and fail and retreat back home...or something like that.

That's my plan for after college.
post #5 of 82
You may find this article interesting.

http://www.forbes.com/2007/06/21/cit...ealestate.html

That said, look for where your best opportunity lies, and where you enjoy life. Your personal happiness and confidence will carry you farther than any statistic.

I also agree that you should go to a big city if you haven't before.
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+1 for San Francisco. I'd also recommend Boston.

Yeah, but high, high, oh-so-high costs of living. In fact, I think that low cost of living and culture/entertainment are negatively correlated.

I haven't spent much time in Connecticut, but it always seemed nice to me. I've been up to New Haven a lot lately, and I like it.
post #7 of 82
NYC, Boston, LA are all great. I visited a friend in Austin last year and it seems like a really cool place to live too.
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Yeah, but high, high, oh-so-high costs of living. In fact, I think that low cost of living and culture/entertainment are negatively correlated.

I haven't spent much time in Connecticut, but it always seemed nice to me. I've been up to New Haven a lot lately, and I like it.

Thanks. I've spent a lot of time in New Haven in the last 6 months or so and it is in fact a pretty fun place, IMHO.

I wasn't looking for the classic city list. I've spent about as much time in Boston as anyone who has lived there (I went to law school in the area) and moving there or DC would be the plan if I could't come up with anything better. I was thinking more of places like Boulder, CO? Austin, TX? Places that might be a little smaller and thus offer some advantages in terms of cost.
post #9 of 82
Maybe this has all changed, but 10-15 years ago I thought LA was a surprisingly cheap place to live, relative to all it has to offer, if you rented. Try to buy, though, and all bets are off.
post #10 of 82
I lived in LA about 10 years ago and got the same impression.

Not sure it still holds true.
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I've been up to New Haven a lot lately, and I like it.

It's okay. He's had a long week, he's not thinking straight.
post #12 of 82
I would say Austin, Portland and Seattle. Cities with a decent nightlife, and cost of living isn't through the roof either.
post #13 of 82
If there was less trouble because of your profession, I would propose Montréal. The problem is that its civil law there, not common law, and would require some adaptation. Anyways, Montréal is cheap by American standards and the nightlife is as good as it gets outside of NYC/LA.
post #14 of 82
While Philadelphia and Baltimore aren't great places in and of themselves, I'd suggest them. They are a stone's throw away from each other, NYC, and DC, but don't cost an arm and a leg to live in. With Denimbar, Uniqlo NYC, and H&Ms abound, the shopping is fine for the youth as well.
post #15 of 82
DC ranked very high in a recent poll on this very subject in Money (I think) magazine. If you're a lawyer, there is no better place for jobs. The city and metro-accessible suburbs are fairly pricey, but Capitol Hill staffers seem to get by, so it's definitely doable. As far as culture and entertainment goes, it's no SF or NYC, but it's better than people give it credit for. The weather is definitely better than Boston. There is supposed to be a very favorable male-female ratio that I have not personally witnessed.
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