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  • Send This Out To Your Kids: The Best Cities For Young Adults

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    Moving can be intimidating and surreal. But if you love where you live, that fear can slowly turn into inspiration. After graduating college, or you're simply looking for a new place to live, take a look at some of these cities that Yahoo Real Estate says are the best for young adults.

    For twentysomethings, finding the right place to live can be a challenge. The best cities need to offer a combination of employment opportunities and social activities, of course, but they also need to be affordable. After all, the typical college graduate with up to three years of work experience makes $41,900, and that money must go a long way.

    To assemble our list, we screened for cities with high starting salaries for college grads, using data from We also looked for a cost-of-living score near or below 100, the national average, as well as affordable monthly rents. (The median U.S. rent, including utilities, is $817.) Finally, we searched for cities where the percentage of residents ages 20 to 29 is near or above the average of 13.8

    With these parameters in mind, we found great cities for young adults. These aren’t the cheapest places to live but rather cities that offer solid value: low cost of living and reasonable rents relative to paycheck size. There are also plenty of things to do that appeal to the twentysomething crowd and a healthy concentration of twentysomethings to do them with.

    Seattle, Wash.

    Metro population: 3,349,809
    Residents ages 20-29: 14.5%
    Cost-of-living score: 116.1
    Monthly rent: $942
    Starting salary: $46,700 San Francisco and Silicon Valley can claim many of the biggest names in tech, but travel 14 hours north to find high-paying IT, aerospace and green energy jobs at a fraction of the Bay area living cost. Amazon, which has its headquarters in Seattle, began a hiring spree in March. Boeing, Microsoft and the University of Washington also employ thousands in the region. In the off-hours, Seattleites have their pick of theaters, coffee shops and concert halls. For all that, the rent and groceries remain reasonable: Seattle’s cost of living is 30% lower than San Francisco’s and 23% less than San Jose’s.

    Top selling point: Like Silicon Valley, but with better coffee.
    Biggest drawback: Cloudy 226 days a year.

    Baton Rouge, La.
    Metro population: 802,484
    Residents ages 20-29: 16.3%
    Cost-of-living score: 94.1
    Monthly rent: $714
    Starting salary: $41,400

    Consider Baton Rouge the cheaper and less-congested cousin city of Houston. It boasts thousands of good-paying energy and petrochemical jobs, yet rents are rock-bottom and traffic is tolerable. A major hub of the U.S. oil industry, Baton Rouge has weathered the down economy better than many cities, and it continues to add workers at companies such as ExxonMobil and Dow Chemical, as well as in health care and information technology. While cultural offerings don't compare to those of a larger metropolis, tailgating at LSU football games and exploring Cajun music and cuisine have their charms. Many attractions along the Gulf Coast are within easy day-trip range.

    Top selling point: All the hype of Houston without the traffic.
    Biggest drawback: It's not New Orleans.

    Read more at Yahoo Real Estate

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