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Old 07-15-2007, 09:17 PM
 
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EDIT: could a mod please modify my title to say "Forbes lists best/worst places to live for young professionals"? I didn't mean to make it so vague...thanks.

How interesting that this crossed my mind last week...and even more interesting that I noticed it on the local news.

The article and list.

My hometown ranks #34...out of 40 cities. They take into account average salary vs. cost of living. And it's no secret around here that the two don't proportion very well.

Last edited by tvpirate05; 07-15-2007 at 09:18 PM.. Reason: small modification
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Old 07-15-2007, 10:27 PM
 
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here's the full list, for anyone who wants it... i'm assuming this is from the top 40 biggest metros in the country, ranked in order.

the top 10 are the best, and the top 10 are the worst. my hometown was #40! guess it's good i'm not going back. my prospective cities are #7, #8, #9, and #15. pretty good, since i'm young (not a professional yet, but i will be when i get outta college).

01. New York, NY
02. San Francisco, CA
03. Atlanta, GA
04. Los Angeles, CA
05. Washington, DC
06. Boston, MA
07. Seattle, WA
08. Minneapolis, MN
09. Philadelphia, PA
10. Denver, CO
11. Austin, TX
12. Portland, OR
13. Charlotte, NC
14. St. Louis, MO
15. Providence, RI
16. Chicago, IL
17. Raleigh, NC
18. Cincinnati, OH
19. San Diego, CA
20. Milwaukee, WI
21. Pittsburgh, PA
22. Nashville, TN
23. Columbus, OH
24. New Orleans, LA
25. Houston, TX
26. Cleveland, OH
27. Phoenix, AZ
28. Sacramento, CA
29. Dallas, TX
30. Salt Lake City, UT
31. Greensboro, NC
32. Miami, FL
33. Las Vegas, NV
34. Norfolk, VA
35. Orlando, FL
36. San Antonio, TX
37. Kansas City, MO
38. Detroit, MI
39. Indianapolis, IN
40. Tampa, FL
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Old 07-15-2007, 10:37 PM
 
Location: yeah
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San Jose loses again?
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Old 07-15-2007, 11:00 PM
 
Location: City of Angels
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A pretty predictable list based on the criteria used. Although I am little surprised to see Atlanta so high.
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Old 07-16-2007, 09:35 PM
 
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Atlanta is a bit high for this list. Dallas should be more towards the top to.
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Old 07-16-2007, 10:22 PM
 
Location: Midwest
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I read this, but did not catch Forbes' definition of a "young professional." Are they talking about people in the 30s and 40s? That explains how Chicago could be on the list as 'affordable.'

Chicago and Dallas aren't really places for young people. They are larger Detroits with better economies, but socially nothing to excite a 20-something who isn't coming from Detroit or Indianapolis or some other Midwestern hellhole of a job market, lol
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Old 07-16-2007, 10:59 PM
 
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If I heard the news correctly last night, they based it on college graduates out for 10 years, so it sounds like early-30s.
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Old 07-17-2007, 08:02 AM
 
Location: Villanova Pa.
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They have Chicago and Atlanta backwards.

Chicago placing behind Providence tells you all you need to know bout this mess.

Houston and Dallas are way off as well.

Yet another arbitrary meaningless list.
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Old 08-22-2007, 02:27 PM
 
Location: Baton Rouge, LA
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New Orleans before Houston, Sacramento and Dallas? Geez, I'm surprised it's even on the list....
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Old 08-22-2007, 03:53 PM
 
Location: Polish Hill, Pittsburgh, PA
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Yet another arbitrary meaningless list.
Well put. I also no longer put faith in either Forbes or Money Magazine after they rated Hackettstown, NJ as being one of the "Best Places" to live in America a few years ago when its downtown had so many faults, as well as ranking my hometown of Scranton, PA as having the fourth-hottest real estate market in the country when our population is declining faster than Dubya's approval rating! Who are the "think-tanks" (or lackthereof) that work for these publications? How they could rate a place like Hackettstown, NJ over places like Cooperstown, NY, Jim Thorpe, PA, Honesdale, PA, etc. is beyond me.
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