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View Poll Results: Best city for young professional?
New York City 15 17.65%
Chicago 19 22.35%
Los Angeles 2 2.35%
Atlanta 2 2.35%
San Francisco 4 4.71%
Washington DC 2 2.35%
Philadelphia 4 4.71%
Boston 2 2.35%
Miami 1 1.18%
Dallas 1 1.18%
Seattle 6 7.06%
Houston 14 16.47%
Charlotte 4 4.71%
Other? 9 10.59%
Voters: 85. You may not vote on this poll

 
 
Old 12-13-2008, 08:52 AM
 
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Which major city do you believe is the best all around city for a young professional starting out and why?
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Old 12-13-2008, 09:13 AM
 
Location: Concrete jungle where dreams are made of.
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NY, but it's also the hardest city to be a young professional in this day and age. You increase your odds getting a job if you grew up in the area, but there are a lot of transplants looking for jobs. But I still say NY since it offers the most money for jobs, for one. My fiance and I are in our mid 20s and make over 100k together; we wouldn't be this successful in many other cities. NY has some of the best entertainment for young professionals too.

Like they say, if you can make it in NY, you can make it anywhere.
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Old 12-13-2008, 10:50 AM
 
Location: Back in New York
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Depends on what your looking for but I would say NY or DC would be the best. They are very fast paced cities with lots of competition so if your up for the challenge I would give it a try. Like Rachael sais there is lots of great entertainment.

While you will make more money in NY/DC than other cities, the cost of living still outweighs the extra pay. Your money does not go as far. A studio apt in Manhattan can cost you $1200 which is a bed and a toilet.
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Old 12-13-2008, 11:25 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC (in my mind)
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Most of the young professional hotspots are very difficult environments to find employment because there are so many college graduates trying to get jobs there. Believe me, I tried very very hard to relocate but I just couldn't compete when there were thousands of applicants for one open position and I had just an average resume. If you have a killer resume, then go for an Austin or a NYC, but if not your best bet is to think outside the box. Don't overlook smaller places that still have "things to do" for young people (Des Moines, Baton Rouge, Omaha, OKC, and Fayetteville, AR are a few that come to mind). It will be MUCH easier to find employment there and you can get some experience, and you can move on later if you don't like it.
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Old 12-13-2008, 12:42 PM
 
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Which major city do you believe is the best all around city for a young professional starting out and why?
In this economy, it's the first city that's going to offer him a job.
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Old 12-13-2008, 12:56 PM
 
Location: The Lone Star State
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These days, wherever they can get a job...
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Old 12-13-2008, 01:07 PM
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Manhattan for finance

SiliconValley for tech and finance

Chicago for perhaps world's best-balanced economy

Generally shrewd to hang out where a lot of very smart, industrious guys choose to live/work....these are regions where lucrative, IQ-based industries are based...and where guys start new companies needing workers, e.g., Manhattan and Greenwich's many new hedge funds.....or SiliconValley's many new tech start-ups....and less accomplished people can always find work in the many legal, accounting, etc firms that serve the more high-powered local industries
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Old 12-13-2008, 02:42 PM
 
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NY, but it's also the hardest city to be a young professional in this day and age. You increase your odds getting a job if you grew up in the area, but there are a lot of transplants looking for jobs. But I still say NY since it offers the most money for jobs, for one. My fiance and I are in our mid 20s and make over 100k together; we wouldn't be this successful in many other cities. NY has some of the best entertainment for young professionals too.

Like they say, if you can make it in NY, you can make it anywhere.
I'd like to point out that even were two people making over $100k, it still amounts to very little in New York City.

If I were to move there, and with my job I certainly could, I'd be making over $400,000 in after tax income and it still wouldn't mean a whole lot.

If you aren't looking to ever own or really "live" someplace for a long period of time, New York or San Francisco are awesome places for young professionals.
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Old 12-13-2008, 03:18 PM
 
Location: Triangle, North Carolina
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I started out as a young professional in the Philadelphia area as a transplant from West Virginia. Culture shock anyone?
Philly and the area is tough but rewarding. You cut your teeth handling that area to NYC everything else will be cake. Now, 20+ years down the road and living in Atlanta, I work everyday to go back. I miss it that much!
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Old 12-13-2008, 03:44 PM
 
Location: Road Warrior
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Well I went to D.C. after college and of course lotsa federal jobs with high wages, great public transportation system, very lively young crowd and a benefit for me was D.C. is known to have more women than men! But all that said, it was pricey and not just pricey but over-priced as D.C. just isn't the best managed city. In other words for the price that you pay I felt it was missing something and coming from Colorado I felt it missed the great outdoors specifically and some sort of more down-to-earth vibe than metro vibe, the top 5 cities I would suggest are Denver, Austin, Charlotte, Raleigh, Twin Cities slightly more affordable than DC/LA/NY/CHI with a booming population and a skip away from the great outdoors.
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