Are you a young professional looking to start a new life in a new city? Well if that’s the case Colonial Van Lines did the research; you may not believe it, but even though Colonial Van Lines has decades of experience in the moving and storage industry our team is actually built of many young professionals. That being said, we did a little digging and found the 10 best cities for young professionals to move to in 2017. Click here to download our infographic or read more below.
Colonial Van Lines 10 Best Cities For Young Professionals
1. Alexandria, Virginia
First up on our list is Alexandria, Virginia as one of the 10 best cities for young professionals to move to. Almost 28% of the population in Alexandria is composed of young professionals of which only about 2% residing there are unemployed. So if you are looking for a city with great housing low unemployment rates and above median average income Alexandria is the place for you.
Right down the road from the number one spot is Arlington, Virginia who over the last few years has seen an increase of 81% in the population of young professionals. Arlington has been known to be called the hardest working city in the U.S. by some and census data shows that there are only 31 restaurants and bars for every 10,000 people residing in the area. Although there may not be much entertainment compared to other cities, Arlington excels in a professional capacity and opportunity for those who have a strong work ethic.
3. Bellevue, Washington
Bellevue is a nearby neighbor to Seattle which is actually also on our list. As a smaller city it may not have all the amenities and options of things to do like its larger counterpart, but if you are commuting to Seattle it is only 10 miles away. Bellevue has a low unemployment rate and the cost of renting in the areas is much cheaper as well. If you don’t mind driving roughly 10 miles Bellevue is a great place to call home.
4. Denver, Colorado
The Mile High City was a sure add to our list. Young professionals are known to be much more into living for experiences and having a career as well. Denver, Colorado offers both, especially if you are into the outdoors. This city has the eighth-lowest unemployment rate for young professionals and offers arts, recreation, restaurants, bars along with the potential for career growth. We are confident you will agree this is the perfect recipe for a young professional.
5. Seattle, Washington
Just like its neighbor, Bellevue, Seattle offers quite a package for young professionals to consider their move to. Known as a hub for coffee and great restaurants it’s no secret why young professionals are attracted to the Emerald City not to mention that Seattle’s job market is geared towards a younger crowd.
6. San Francisco, California
San Francisco; the home of tech and The Silicon Valley. With the world being innovated by companies like UBER, Facebook, and Apple who make their homes in this area it is no surprise it made the list. With an over-abundance of things to do and new opportunities to jumpstart a career path, San Francisco regularly tops the list of cities young professionals would prefer to live in.
7. Austin, Texas
As they say, everything is bigger in Texas speaking of which Austin, Texas is a constantly growing city. For a young professional Austin is a shoe in as a place to live especially if you are into fitness. This city ranked among the top fittest cities in America and it also boasts a large number of restaurants for the foodies. Not to mention the low unemployment rate of 4.8%.
8. Charleston, South Carolina
Young professionals in Charleston, South Carolina ranks as on of the most educated cities with a total of 36% of the population having a bachelor’s degree. That being said the unemployment rate is only 3.1% and that can be attributed to the high number of arts and entertainment establishments in the city. This makes is a good place to move to for young professionals.
9. Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Sioux Falls, South Dakota is known to be a “Fun City.” with more than enough entertainment and activities to go around, it catches the eye of young professionals across the country. Along with the fun factor, Sioux Falls has a steady economy geared toward a younger market.
10. Sunnyvale, California
Although Sunnyvale may lack things to do, it has ranked as the safest city in America. Located in the San Francisco Bay area with Silicon Valley nearby it ranks quite high in employment, income, and education. It may be number 10 on our list of the 10 best cities but it is still popular among young professionals.