If you are, or are soon to be a college graduate ready to become a Young Urban Professional keep in mind that not all cities are created equal. Things like opportunity, salary vs. cost of living and nightlife vary widely across the U.S.
Shocking as it may be (sarcasm) New York is the No. 1 best city for young professionals. Not only is it home to some of the biggest companies in the world but the bar and club scene is out of control. The rest of the top ten is finished off by San Francisco, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., Boston, Seattle, Minneapolis, Philadelphia and Denver. Go Seattle!
The top universities in the country; Harvard, Princeton, Duke, Stanford, Northwestern and Rice handed over their alumni list from 1997 (ten years ago). These graduates were located today to see where across the country they have spread to. Those who stayed in town were thrown out of the data pool because the idea is to see which cities are alluring enough to get these professionals to move.
Also taken into consideration, where the business opportunities are, which had the best starting pay and where the most never-married young people were living. Naturally the size of the city had to be taken into consideration so the transfered alumni were compared to overall population size.
As far as the opportunities available, some companies are better than others, so to include this aspect the Forbes 400 best big businesses and the 200 best small businesses were factored in.
12. Portland, Ore.
"Portland may be growing, but it still has a ways to go. Ranked eighth in 1997 graduate data, and better than the mean for salary to cost of living, Portland was hampered by a rank of 27th for best big and small businesses and a rank of 25th for its young never-married population."
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