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8. Denver-Aurora (CO-IL)

Metro population: 2.4 million
Unemployment rate: 9.8%
Cost of living index: 101.9 (100 is average)

“Denver is a young city,” Sperling said. “It’s two big things are it’s young and it’s green,” Sperling said.

There’s a lot to do outdoors, with the Rocky Mountains right there, and the city has a great public-transportation system. It’s also got a decent indie culture and there are jobs available.

“It’s young and it’s got a lot of energy!” Sperling said.

Jeffrey Beall