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Best Places for Young Adults to Live
Young adults have more freedom than most when deciding where to settle and start their professional lives. Take a look at the best cities to live in as a young adult according to Kiplinger's.

1. Austin, TX

Metro Population: 1,705,075
Median monthly rent (includes utilities): $864
Average annual wage: $41,380 (as of 2007)
Unemployment rate: 6.9%

2. Charlotte, N.C.

Metro Population: 1,745,524
Median monthly rent: $803
Average annual wage: $41,190
Unemployment rate: 10.9%

3. Chicago, Ill.

Metro Population: 9,580,567
Median monthly rent: $861
Average annual wage: $45,119
Unemployment rate: 10.3%

4. Houston, Texas

Metro Population: 5,867,489
Median monthly rent: $775
Average annual wage: $41,074
Unemployment rate: 8.3%

Kansas City

Metro Population: 2,067,585
Median monthly rent: $697
Average annual wage: $40,950
Unemployment rate: 8.3%

6. Lansing, Mich.

Metro Population: 453,603
Median monthly rent: $630
Average annual wage: $41,773
Unemployment rate: 10.2%

7. New York, N.Y.

Metro Population: 19,069,796 (includes Long Island and Northern New Jersey)
Median monthly rent: $1,025
Average annual wage: $50,784
Unemployment rate: 9.4%

8. Portland, Ore.

Metro Population: 2,241,841
Median monthly rent: $779
Average annual wage: $43,346
Unemployment rate: 10.2%

9. Salt Lake City, Utah

Metro Population: 1,130,293
Median monthly rent: $698
Average annual wage: $39,722
Unemployment rate: 7.0%

10. Washington, D.C.

Metro Population: 5,476,241
Median monthly rent: $979
Average annual wage: $54,371
Unemployment rate: 6.0%

Best Places for Young Adults to Live

Young adults have more freedom than most when deciding where to settle and start their professional lives. Take a look at the best cities to live in as a young adult according to Kiplinger's.

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