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Top 10 U.S. Cities for Young People

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What makes a city attractive to young people?

Well, first and foremost, it’s that there will be other young people there.

“You need other young people around to bounce ideas off of -- to get excited with. That’s No. 1 most important,” said Bert Sperling of Sperling’s Best Places.

There has to be a strong indie culture – a lot of bands, artists and other creative types. To gauge that, Sperling checked in with Bandcamp, which helps artists sell their music and merchandise to fans, ReverbNation, a site that offers tools for musicians and shares their music, and Kickstarter, a grassroots-fundraising site for creative projects and inventions.

Plus, it has to be a fairly green, fairly diverse city. And, while young people don’t always make money a priority, there have to be jobs there and the city has to be somewhat affordable.

Sperling took all those criteria and came up with a list of the top 10 cities for young people. Click ahead to find out which cities made the list!

By Cindy Perman
13 May 2011


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