Apparently, Texas is the place to be after graduation. The Lone Star State landed four spots on Forbes.com's recently released list of the “Best Cities for Young Adults.” They use six different criteria to rank the cities, including coolness, salary, unemployment, median age, cost of living, and nightlife. There's a statistical basis for five of those metrics — nightlife is based on bars and restaurants per capita — although the coolness ranking was apparently based on the staffs' internal picks. So how did Texas suddenly get so popular? We break down the top 10 cities after the jump.
Even though Minneapolis is not very cool (ranked 14th) and the nightlife sucks (ranked 38th), the average salary is pretty high when compared to the cost of living. Plus Gordon Bombay and the Ducks call this city home.
9. San Antonio
The first of four Texas cities on the list, San Antonio gets a place on the list mainly for being the 5th youngest city in the country and having a low cost of living.
There is not much about Hotlanta that appeals to me, however I've heard some good things. It’s warm, the seventh youngest city, and has a pretty decent night life (16th).
This is a ranking that I don’t agree with. Supposedly, Seattle is the third coolest city and boasts the third best nightlife. Really? Seattle, the city where the sun doesn’t shine, is the third coolest city in the country? When you factor in its high cost of living (38th), the rain everyday, and all the wannabe hipsters, Seattle is a city not very conducive to the Bro lifestyle in my opinion.
Dallas ranks #4 in median age and #10 in average salary, which apparently secures its place as the #6 city for young adults.
Denver offers you the big city feel plus the Rockies lifestyle offered by the rest of the state. Hit the mountains in the winter and rapids in the summer, plus you can get your medicinal marijuana card and legally blaze up after a long day at work.
If your looking for a big city experience but don’t want to have to rock Armani and buy $15 beers every time you go out, the Windy City is the place for you. Lincoln Park is the hotspot all the kids from Big ten and Midwestern schools head to for their post-grad debauchery.
3. New York
The Big Apple comes in at #3 mainly because of its high cost of living but that is offset with the fourth highest average salary. More importantly, New York City ranks #1 in nightlife and coolness, whatever “coolness” means. I know it might be a little bias considering I live and work here, but New York is the greatest city in the world, regardless of what phase of life you are in.
Another f*cking city from Texas. We get it Forbes, Texas is sweet, but there is no way that it offers four of the top 10 cities for post-grads. There is decent nightlife but it's nothing to brag about. Houston is young and has high salaries but a #2 ranking is a bit generous.
I keep hearing about Austin as this incredible city for post-college Bros. I'll admit I’ve never personally been there but AZ and AlwaysBeChaying stopped by on the Tailgate Tour and have assured me that the city is the real deal. Austin is the second youngest city in the country and has the third lowest unemployment rate. However, Austin ranked 15th overall in coolness and nightlife, the two most important factors in my opinion, but that's surprising considering how sick 6th Street is supposed to be: think Bourbon Street except cleaner and nicer.
Obvious Snubs: D.C., San Diego, Los Angeles, Miami, San Francisco, Boston