Top 10 U.S. Cities for Young Professionals

Top 10 cities for young professionals

So you’ve been working at your job for some time and have started to get itchy feet. Maybe you’re curious as to what opportunities exist in other places, or just want a change of scenery. Niche ranks the top cities in the U.S. for young professionals. The criteria used to determine the ranking included the number of millennials in a given city, ease of commuting, crime rate, job opportunities, affordable housing, and access to bars and restaurants. (Only cities with a population of over 100,000 were included.) Here’s a list of the top 10 cities for young professionals:

10. New York City, N.Y.
With a 17.3 percent population of millennials, 6.1 percent unemployment rate, and diverse neighborhoods, the five boroughs of the Big Apple are filled with opportunities to pursue your career goals and be among like-minded individuals. “I chose NYC because the possibilities in the city are endless,” explains 28-year-old Rebecca Smith, who moved from West Palm Beach, Fla. and works in marketing and sales. “I could not only advance my career, but if I decided to continue my education, there are quite a few options.”

9. Boston, Mass.
Beantown has a 21.5 percent millennial population with 3.6 percent newcomers in the past year. Plus, it’s a great place for sports aficionados with neighborhood bars if you want to catch a game. With an A+ commute score, it’s easy to get from place to place without relying on a car.

8. Berkeley, Calif.
Berkeley has a unique flavor all of its own. You’ll be among your fair share of progressive, out-of-the-box thinkers with a worldly perspective. With a 4.1 percent unemployment rate, Berkeley is a great city with a cultural bent to pursue your professional and creative goals.

7. Washington, D.C.
Considered an “industry town,” the nation’s capital is rife with opportunities to pursue careers in the federal government, education, and tourism. Populated by cultural institutions and plenty of restaurants and bars, you’ll have no problem finding a place to hang out with co-workers after work.

6. Seattle, Wash.
With a 4.8 percent unemployment rate, business is booming in the Emerald City. You can find work in healthcare, tech, and aerospace industries. If you love the outdoors you won’t be hard pressed to find ways to get your nature on.

5. Jersey City, N.J.
Jersey City is well-known commuter city for those who work in New York City. Plus, the rent is by comparison relatively affordable. With a high diversity rate and great restaurants and bars all over town, you meet people from all walks of life.

4. San Francisco, Calif.
While the median rent is at a high $1,488, San Francisco is the place to be if you want to be in the land of tech. It’s a hub for innovative thinking and startups, so you’ll be in good company if you want to do the same. “The networking is unreal, and nearly everyone you meet has some awesome story about the business they’re in,” says 21-year-old Courtney Reimers,” who moved to San Francisco from a small town in Ohio because she wanted to live in a city “that knows how to hustle.” “They can even connect you with someone who will help you get to where you want to go career-wise; it’s a really unique experience.”

3. Alexandria, Va.
With a 24.4 percent population of millennials and 3.6 percent unemployment rate, it’s a popular city for those who work in the D.C. area. Plus you’ll have no problem finding a variety of watering holes.

2. Manhattan, N.Y.
Manhattan is a millennial magnet for those with high ambitions. It’s a place where you can make your dreams turn into a reality. With over 22.1 percent population between the ages of 25-34, you’ll find plenty of nightlife, culture, and bars on every corner.

1. Cambridge, Mass.
With a 27.7 percent millennial population and 6.9 percent newcomers in the past year, young professionals are flocking to Cambridge. Each neighborhood has its own character and it’s relatively easy to bike or walk anywhere.

If you’re thinking of moving to a new city, there’s a good chance there’s a credit union to help you with the transition. With unique shared branching, you’ll have access to over 5,000 credit unions across the nation.