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5 Cities 20somethings Are Thriving In, & Why To Consider Them For Your Next Move

Everyone has a different path in their 20s. For some, it might be attending grad school. For others, it might be moving to a new city for a fresh start. Moving to a new city comes with many benefits, such as breaking out of your comfort zone, meeting new friends, or getting in touch with your inner self. Though it might sound appealing to just pack up your bags and move to a new city, there are qualities to consider that ensure you’ll thrive in this new era of your life. 

Here are five cities that 20somethings are moving to with all the best qualities from food options to job opportunities to a healthy rent market to safe transportation. 

Boston, ma

Though it’s a historic town, Boston is thriving with 20somethings. From its nightlife to the job market, Boston is the perfect city to start this next era of your life. On the weekends, there are Instagram-worthy beer gardens that host live bands, food trucks, and scenic views of the Charles River or Fenway stadium. If you’re looking for a thrill, experience Boston’s high-speed boat ride, Codzilla, which also is a tour of the landmarks you pass while leaving the harbor. If you’re looking to appreciate the history of the city, you can take a harbor cruise out to a fort, or explore the Boston Common

From a logistical standpoint, Boston is a city that fosters a starting foundation for 20somethings. According to U.S. News, the Boston job market index is 7.2 out of 10, which is a healthier job market compared to metro areas of a similar size like Philadelphia. Also, the average salary is $73,850 per year. Due to its history and tourism, there are plenty of jobs available, and Boston is an education epicenter with prestigious schools, such as Harvard University.

seattle, wa

Not only is it the home of Starbucks so you can get your ultimate caffeine fix, but Seattle is a safe, well-rounded city that makes for a great starting place for your independent journey. Seattle is filled with diversity and culture as the city has 19 districts, which are divided into small neighborhoods. Each district has something unique to offer. 

Life Storage Blog recommends the Capitol Hill district for young residents because it’s thriving with art and community. This district has endless boutiques, block parties, and food offerings. The Pike corridor has stores with sustainable fashion, bicycle accessories, and plants. You’ll need the bike accessories because Seattle is one of the most bike-friendly cities in the U.S. with plenty of trails and paths to connect you wherever you want to go. The city is nicknamed the Emerald City because of its nature surrounding the city, which is a nice change of scenery from city life. 

Living alone in your 20s can raise a concern for your safety, but Seattle is one of the safest cities for walking around, living, or transportation. Due to the presence of companies like Amazon and Microsoft, Seattle is booming with available jobs in the tech industry. Lastly, Gen Z is an environmentally conscious generation, so it only makes sense for 20somethings to have that on their list of qualities for a city, and Seattle checks the box. Nearly all the electricity is hydropower, the buildings are energy-efficient, and the city promotes walking as an effective mode of transportation. 

austin, tx

In recent years, Austin has become a fast-growing city for 20somethings. Despite being a busy city, the rent is one of the lowest among major metro areas. According to The Wall Street Journal, the cost of living is 40% less than in New York. Austin is also ranked third for employment growth with employment growing by 8% since March 2021. 

Austin also provides a lot of entertainment. The music scene is never dull in this city with over 250 live music venues and frequent music festivals, such as SXSW.

san francisco, ca

From the Golden Gate Bridge to charming, colorful houses, San Francisco is an adorable city with never-ending views and sights. If one of your goals in moving to a new city is to meet new people, San Fran is the place to do just that. This city is ranked among the top 15 of the most diverse cities in the U.S. — you’ll be able to meet people from all walks of life. You can stay busy with the wide selection of museums, historical sites like Alcatraz, parks, farmer’s markets, and Michelin-starred restaurants.  

new york, ny

The city that never sleeps might not be the most cost-friendly place to live in your 20s, but it’s a city with so much hustle and bustle that you’ll never find yourself running out of things to do or opportunities to discover. From bars, clubs, and restaurants, New York is a great place to go off on your own and meet new people, especially with its convenient subway system that can get you around easily without a car.

New York is truly a melting pot of individuals with different activities for every personality, such as The Met for the art lovers or landmarks for the history buffs. New York is rich in culture and is a great place to move to discover what you love or experience a lively change in scenery. 

Hannah Tolley is a contributing writer under the Entertainment and Culture vertical. She covers entertainment releases, fan theories, pop culture news, and more. Aside from Her Campus, Hannah was also a member of the Florida State University (FSU) Her Campus team. During her time with the chapter, she served as a staff writer for three semesters, where she wrote biweekly pieces across campus, culture, and personal verticals. She also was a content editor for two semesters, where she led a team of 6+ writers and oversaw and edited their articles. Hannah was also an editorial intern for Her Campus during her spring and summer term of her second year in college. As an intern, she worked alongside the full-time edit team to curate timely and evergreen pieces across life, culture, career, and style verticals. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from FSU in May 2023, with a Bachelor of Science in Media/Communication Studies with a minor in English. When she's not dissecting the latest pop culture events, you can find her reading a cheesy romance novel or establishing parasocial relationships with fictional TV characters. She loves to rewatch her favorite shows (Gilmore Girls, One Tree Hill, and Friends) or spend the day going down a rabbit hole of reality dating shows.