Top 10 Best American Cities For New Graduates And Young Professionals

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Young Adults in America

Following college graduation or completion of a promising vocational certificate or professional licensing program, new workers need to prepare an effective resume and decide where they want to build a long-term career.

In addition to the Top 30 Cities in America for Business and Jobs, there are also 10 major cities and metro areas that are particularly accommodating to Young Professionals (YP). YP can find higher wages, a lower cost of living, good entertainment and sports activities, and other aspects of a satisfying life in these places.

The Young Professionals include new college graduates and those that have 10 or fewer years competed in their lifelong careers. They are the group that regularly joins the Junior Chamber of Commerce in their cities. Information about this list has been compiled by Kiplinger Magazine, US News and World Reports, Forbes Magazine, AT&T, and other entities over the last several decades with the following results.

  • The top 10 cities attract new graduates of the best American universities to settle by the end of their first decade of employment.
  • These universities are institutions that attract the highest enrollments and graduate the largest proportion of students, especially in nationally recognized programs; and place the largest numbers of new professionals successfully into the world of work.
  • The 10 cities, on average, pay young adults higher salaries than the rest of America pays.
  • They are cities in which the most opportunities exist for new business ventures and expansions exist.
  • They also are home to large numbers and proportions of young, single individuals.

Number One City: Seattle, Washington

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Top 10 Cities for Successful Young Adults

  1. Seattle
  2. New York City - Largest market for all jobs overall.
  3. San Francisco
  4. Atlanta
  5. Los Angeles
  6. Washington, DC and Suburbs - Aerospace and tech jobs prevail.
  7. Boston
  8. Minneapolis - Suburb Eden Prairie is Best City in USA for work and living.
  9. Philadelphia
  10. Denver - Biotech, Mission to Mars

Additional good cities for higher earnings and larger numbers of career opportunities for those in the ages of 21 - 34 include:

  • Lexington, Kentucky
  • Athens, Georgia
  • Nashville, Tennessee
  • Raleigh, North Carolina - By the end of 2011, all of the surrounding area near Raleigh had developed to keep pace with the Raleigh-Cary Metroplex [Number 1 for ALL ages in the USA in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012]. The previously low-rated Raleigh-Durham Metroplex [in the Bottom 10 for success, this metro area boomed jobs and business, with help from the NC Research Triangle that covers 8 counties in 2012].

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U.S. Junior Chamber of Commerce Ten Outstanding Young Men of 1947 (Richard Nixon, top right corner, second from right).
U.S. Junior Chamber of Commerce Ten Outstanding Young Men of 1947 (Richard Nixon, top right corner, second from right). | Source

Top 10 Careers for Young America through 2050

  1. Computer Programmers and Software Engineers (IT)
  2. Physical and Occupational Therapists
  3. Aerospace Engineers and Technicians
  4. Day Care Providers [Owners & Directors]
  5. Elder Care Specialists and Owners
  6. Employment Specialists & HR Managers
  7. Environmental Engineers
  8. Home Health Aide Agency Owners & Directors
  9. Management Consultants / Financial Advisors
  10. Networking Specialists (IT)

The factors that make the above list the Top 10 Careers in the 21st century are:

  • Aging and dying members of the Greatest Generation and the Baby Boomers.
  • Increased lifespans through improved medicine and nutrition. Peole live longer and need care for longer numbrs of years.
  • Rising Child Care and Adult Babysitting/Companion costs.
  • Advances and expansion in technologies. Infomration Technology (IT) is used widely among the Top 10.
  • Job distributon of one job among multiple worksites, "Hot desking", and telecommuting --

Hot Desking is very interesting; it's a lot like the old job sharing of the 1970s and 1980s, as portrayed in the Dolly Parton - Jane Fonda movie 9 to 5 of that era.

Desks within a corporation are shared by several individuals that use them at different times during a 24-hour period, becaase they work different shifts, telecomute for part of their day, and/or work in the field with customers for portions of each work day. They do not need a desk for a full 8-hour work shift. There is also a 21st century trend toward more flexible work hours, but with employees on call 7 days a week, and this makes a hot desk useful.

Healthcare, Social Services types of positions (especially dealing the aged and their famiies) and Information Technology jobs will provide the most job opportunities in the 21st century. Green engineering will increase continually throughout the century and provide stable business and job markets.

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A Fanciful Hot Desk

...with a pull-out chaise lounge and top bunk area, as well a computer and storage racks.
...with a pull-out chaise lounge and top bunk area, as well a computer and storage racks. | Source

New Job Station: The Hot Desk

Hot Desking is very interesting; it's a lot like the old job sharing of the 1970s and 1980s, as portrayed in the Dolly Parton - Jane Fonda movie 9 to 5 of that era.

Desks within a corporation are shared by several individuals that use them at different times during a 24-hour period, becaase they work different shifts, telecomute for part of their day, and/or work in the field with customers for portions of each work day. They do not need a desk for a full 8-hour work shift. There is also a 21st century trend toward more flexible work hours, but with employees on call 7 days a week, and this makes a hot desk useful.

Healthcare, Social Services types of positions (especially dealing the aged and their famiies) and Information Technology jobs will provide the most job opportunities in the 21st century. Green engineering will increase continually throughout the century and provide stable business and job markets.

Job Sharing: The Precursor to Hot Desking.

© 2008 Patty Inglish

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msms 8 years ago

Dear Patty Inglish, MS

It is an encyclopedea you have summarized and organised in an article. This is an art and science both.

A well written well researched article. Worth preserving for reference.


dlhoh 8 years ago

Dear Patty, thanks for a well-researched and written article. I agree with msms that this article is worth preserving for reference.


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solarshingles 8 years ago from london

Very big and well organized job, Patty! When I already think, that's more data than I need, you come with something even better. Thank you very much!

Big corporate world is getting less and less popular, because we mean just a number in a big corporation, which/who needs to make big profit for the company, otherwise is indifferently sacked overnight. I prefer smaller groups or even own private business.


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amy jane 8 years ago from Connecticut

This is really interesting, even though I don't qualify as young according to this!:) Thanks Patty!


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

msms - Thank you very much. My goal is to bring out the most useful and up to date infomraiton available, and enough information to cover a topic well.

Too many sites, I'm afriad, give only one or two pieces of a puzzle that are worthless, because the rest is missing. Then there are the repeated articles all around the web that parrot incorrect information... WHEW! LOL :)

dlhoh - thanks for visiting and reading this Hub! I hope it proves useful.

solarshingles - It's always good to hwear from you as well! Business ownership has its own headaches, but at least they'd be our own!

amy jane - Thanks for visitng! I think even among all the young adults, there is probably more opportunites in such places for all ages. More business growth, etc.


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Stacie Naczelnik 8 years ago from Seattle

I love that New York and San Francisco are the top two because those are the two cities I'm looking at relocating to. Although I love NY, my husband does not. SF is looking good because I'm from California, and most of my family is there.


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

I had friends that moved to San Francisco about 7 years ago and have loved it ever since. Much success with your move! I love Seattle, never been to Oregon, but am determined to get to California one of these days.


Graceful Guardian 8 years ago

When I move to the states this will be very useful to me.I hope this helps lots of people.


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

You're moving HERE to USA? I want to move THERE to BC. Well,we are bound to meet one day.


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beachbum_gabby 8 years ago

IT is really the top job in the US, but most company do outsource programmers and other web development projects because it is cost-effective.


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

Thanks for the comment, beachbum_gabby.


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Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Patty, this is an incredible article, thank-you. Must've taken you a long time to research, you've done a wonderful job.


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courtsantos 8 years ago from Seatlle, WA

As a young person myself I could use something like this, thanks for the info.


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

Thank you for your positive comments, Shirley Anderson and courtsantos. Keeping track of what agencies do what research is a bit time consuming at first, but combining information and data becomes simpler with time. Hope the information helps a lot! 


Amy_Roberts 8 years ago

Really interesting and different hub! Thanks for the advice! :)


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

Thanks for the nice comment. I hope the information proves very useful!


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Decrescendo 8 years ago

This is an interesting place.


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Nicki B 8 years ago from Orange County, Ca

This is very true... nice, well put together list

-Nicki B.


kunlealade 8 years ago

This is a job well done by you, keep it up.


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

Thaks! It's nice of you to make the comments, Nicki and kunlealade.


STPN 8 years ago

very good advice, thanks!


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slay paninaro 8 years ago from italy

jesus crist girl when you find this much time to write such a great hub. AWESOME. KEEP ON DOIN'IT YOU'RE JUST GREAT


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

Thank you for the encouragement, slay paninaro!


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hardikinn 7 years ago

Thanks for Nice and great information. Nice Hub


Julia13100 7 years ago

Beautiful job.


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viralmusicvideos 7 years ago from Los Angeles

Hmmm. Just moved from number 3 to number 4... Guess I should have consulted your hub first.


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Patty Inglish, MS 7 years ago from North America Author

3 and 4 are both good for success, and these cities move up and down throughout the list each year, so best Wishes to you and lots of success!


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GeneriqueMedia 7 years ago from Earth

Thanks Patty =)

One of these days I'll have the wind taken out of my wings and I'll settle down...hopefully I'll still be young. ;)

I've a CCNA and A+ cert, so I imagine..since I still keep on top of the latest trends, I'll be open to re-insert myself in the IT field.

Sincerely,

G|M


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Patty Inglish, MS 7 years ago from North America Author

G|M - Your certifications will surely come in very handly! Best wishes in whatever you do in the meantime. :)


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JeffreyGreenstein 7 years ago

Hi Patty,

I like what you are doing!

I think the resources you provide are great for young professionals and am interested in speaking about featuring some of your content on the website for the Collegiate Performance Magazine @ http://CollegiatePerformanceMagazine.com where we feature knowledge from the youngest, most successful individuals in the world from young professionals, to young professionals.

I also run the Performance & Success Advice Blog @ http://PerformanceSuccessAdvice.blogspot.com which is a FREE forum for young professionals to share advice about success. Here you find practical and immediately applicable knowledge so blog with me!

Kind Regards,

Jeff G


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LVM 7 years ago

This is the kind of hub I've been looking for.


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charm_baker 7 years ago from Los Angeles, California

What can I say? WOW! GREAT HUB! I always know where to go to get links to compliment my own related hubs. Thanks for the information and the various "slants" on the way you present your details.


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motricio 6 years ago from Bogota DC, Colombia

Thnx for this hub, have been searching for this information sumarised but is really hard without having free time.

Got to the point and very useful to professionals looking forward for a job in USA or many other places to travel.


Kris Hintz 6 years ago

Great job! College grads and young professionals need to seek out job locations that are filled with "creative class" young people: knowledge workers, high-tech workers, entrepreneurs, artists, musicians, where they can thrive and meet other creative, dynamic, stimulating young single people!


scheng1 6 years ago

Actually teachers are in demand too. It's a stable career for those who love kids and want job satisfaction instead of just monetary rewards


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scorpion123 6 years ago

awesome hub really liked it


Phillyfreeze69 6 years ago

Very informative and useful hub for young professionals, I will have to bookmark this for my 19 year old niece. Splenndid resourse guide.


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just jobs 6 years ago

I'm glad to see Denver on there, even if it's number 10 :(


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Patty Inglish, MS 6 years ago from North America Author

Hi just jobs - Keep hoping! - The cities tend to rise and fall in a list of 20 or so, and Denver really is a fine place. Don't have to be No. 1 to be a sure winner :)

Best to you.


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adorababy 6 years ago from Syracuse, NY

New York and LA was top on my list. Thank you for compiling this one. It's really neat work.


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jpwriter 5 years ago

Isn't it interesting that on your list of the top 10 job they are mostly health care? And for many of those there is little money to even pay people for good, quality care, such as social services and elder care (even day care). It's ironic that people fight having a national health care plan yet that is the fasted growing and most needed market. If all of these professionals are going in it then who is going to be their clientele. For these careers to succeed the public must have access. Instead, many of them are first on the chopping block for layoffs and budget cuts. The US is so darn backwards in the way they do some things.

Interesting and thought provoking hub!


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SUSANJK 5 years ago from Florida

I am happy to see New York on the list. My daughter is currently working there.


Abiola 4 years ago

What a well researched and decisions' compass! This is an interesting hub....thumbs up!


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vdelarosa 4 years ago from Denver, CO

Glad to know Denver is at least on the least, albeit in last place! I just moved to Colorado and am searching for a job; thanks for the well-written and -researched article!


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Patty Inglish, MS 4 years ago from North America Author

Much success to you in Denver, vdelarosa!


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acliff 4 years ago from New York City

I loved seeing the top ten cities - I currently live in NY and am considering relocating to another one of the top ten - Thanks for your help!


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Patty Inglish, MS 4 years ago from North America Author

Hope the information proves useful. What cities are you considering?

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