Recent college graduates want a satisfying first job experience in the real world that can allow them to feel challenged in the workplace yet content with their life away from a desk. That may mean staying in the same city or relocating to a different part of the U.S. A recent CareerBliss report surveyed 45,000 young professionals (with less than ten years worth of experience in a full-time position) who were asked to rate ten factors, including workplace happiness, work-life balance, daily tasks, job autonomy, compensation, etc.

Based on the survey, here were the top ten cities:

  1. San Jose, California
  2. San Francisco, California
  3. Washington, D.C.
  4. Chicago, Illinois
  5. San Diego, California
  6. Riverside, California
  7. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  8. Houston, Texas
  9. Phoenix, Arizona
  10. Boston, Massachusetts

Another website, Money Under 30, did a survey of their own, focusing on cool up-and-coming cities across America. They found that while places like San Francisco and Boston have plenty of action in terms of work and social opportunities, they are extremely expensive, especially when it comes to real estate.

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Their list looked at 20 cities with a decent population of young people, stable jobs, low living costs, and plenty of bars and restaurants for young professionals to create a positive work-life balance. Young professionals may use a Kaiku card, allowing them to budget wisely by adding the specific amount of money they intend to spend. Here is Money Under 30’s top 10 best cities in the U.S. to be young, broke, and single:

  • 10. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 9. Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, Washington State
  • 8. Des Moines-West Des Moines, Iowa
  • 7. New Orleans–Metairie-Kenner, Louisiana
  • 6. Omaha, Nebraska
  • 5. Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • 4. Columbus, Ohio
  • 3. Durham, North Carolina
  • 2. Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 1. Austin, Texas

For the entire list, continue reading Money Under 30. The article also provides in-depth details on what the top 10 cities have going for them.