After earning a degree, many American college graduates move to America’s biggest cities to hunt for jobs and apartments.If you are one of these young graduates attempting to strike out on your own, a website dedicated to education analysis called Niche Ink put together a list of the best metro areas for millennials. The site ranked the metro areas in the U.S. using twelve factors including data from FBI crime rates, the U.S. Census, and surveys of close to 500,000 college students and graduates. Data also came from Niche Ink user opinions about the best places to start a new life after school. The company calculated the best neighborhood for young people in each of those cities based on the mentioned factors. So, here is the list of best cities and neighborhoods for young millennials.

1. New York, NY (Best Neighborhood: Greenpoint, Brooklyn)      

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Greenpoint is a bit safer than its neighbor Williamsburg. The cost of living is a little cheaper, too. This Brooklyn area is an ideal place to eat, drink, and shop and is thickly populated by young professionals. In Greenpoint, the median rent is $1,157. This amount is easily handled by its residents since they earn an average income of $31,703. Twenty-five (25) to 34 years old residents constitute 14% of its population. The representative college is New York University.

2. Austin, TX (Best Neighborhood: South River City)

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South River City is a neighborhood that’s full of nightlife and shopping. Many young families are attracted here because it’s one of Austin’s most family-friendly areas with many schools just nearby. The average income of residents is $30,816 and 17% of the population is composed of 25 to 34 year old young professionals. The crime rate is below average and the representative college is University of Texas – Austin.

3. Washington, D.C. (Best Neighborhood: Clarendon) 

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Arlington, Va. is where you can find Clarendon, the best neighborhood for millennials in the area. It’s a wise option for millennials since it offers affordable rent and accessibility to the city. The mix of small restaurants, bars, shops, and luxury apartments is another reason for its popularity. Clarendon’s median rent is $1,353 with residents having an average income of $42,226. People aged 25 to 34 form 15% of its population. The crime rate is average. The representative college is Georgetown University.

4. Chicago, IL (Best Neighborhood: Wicker Park)

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Recently, crime rate in Wicker Park has decreased. That’s why a lot of downtown workers have moved to this area. In this neighborhood northwest of the Loop, there are stores, restaurants, and bars catering to young professionals. The residents of wicker park have an average income of $30, 061. The prevailing rent is $931 and 14% of the residents are people aged 25 to 34. The representative college is DePaul University

5. San Francisco, CA (Best Neighborhood: Cow Hollow)

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Between Russian Hill and the Presidio is a neighborhood that has become affluent. Cow Hollow houses wellness centers, health spas, boutiques, and fancy restaurants. The average income is $39,119 and 15% of its population is aged 25 to 34 yeasr old. The median rent is $1,344. The crime rate is average and the representative college is the University of San Francisco.

6. Boston, MA (Best Neighborhood: Spring Hill)

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Despite the fact that Davis Square and Cambridge are nearby, housing prices in Spring Hill are relatively low. That’s why it has become so popular among young people. Bars, coffee shops, and restaurants also proliferate in the area. Thirteen percent (13%) of its residents are 25 to 34 years old. They have an average income of $33,659 and the median rent is $1,163. Crime Rate is below average and the representative college is Boston University.

7. Denver, CO (Best Neighborhood: Speer)

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Would you like to live in a revitalized neighborhood? Then Speer is where you should be. It’s an area in Denver where high-rise apartments and commercial structures abound. Looking for classy bars and breweries? No problem, you’ll find them here. Median rent is $902. The average income is $32,422. Fifteen Percent (15%) of the population is composed of young and on the upswing professionals aged 25 to 34. The crime Rate is below average and the representative college is the University of Denver.

8. Dallas-Fort Worth, TX (Best Neighborhood: Oak Lawn)

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One of the richest areas of Dallas is Oak Lawn. There are many  apartments, condos, townhouses, and urban professionals. Good clubs, restaurants, and bars reign in the area and they are particularly attractive for the LGBT community. People aged 25 to 34 make up 15% of its population. The average income is $29,830 and $874 is the median rent. Crime Rate is below average and the Representative College is Southern Methodist University.

9. Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN (Best Neighborhood: North Loop)

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It used to be the city’s warehouse district. Now the North Loop is the area for its art scene with many bars, local restaurants, and shopping. Here, the median rent is $864, with residents enjoying an average median income of $33,511. Young people who are aged 25 to 34 constitute 14% of the residents.The crime rate is average and the representative college is the University of Minnesota.

10. San Diego, CA (Best Neighborhood: Little Italy)

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Downtown San Diego has a hilly area called Little Italy that has been re-gentrified. Now it’s the city’s main center for festivals, art galleries, retail shops, and Italian restaurants. People aged 25 to 34 make up 15% of its population. The median rent of $1,261 is easily settled by the residents whose average income is $30,196. Crime rate is low and the representative college is the University of San Diego.

11. San Jose, CA (Best Neighborhood: Old Mountain View)

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Where do tech companies and a lot of restaurants, cafes, and shops reside? Right . . . Old Mountain View. It has great views of the Santa Cruz mountains. At Old Mountain View, 15% of the population is aged 25 to 34 years old. They median income is $37,484. How about the median rent? It’s $1,454. Crime rate is low and the representative college is San Jose University.

12. Raleigh, NC (Best Neighborhood: Morrisville)

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Morrisville is scenic with picture-perfect parks. It’s a place full of activities geared towards young families with children. Organized community sports are common in Morrisville. Its multipurpose fields make it a true haven for a burgeoning starter families. Twenty five (25) to 34 years old professionals form 14% of the population. If a less than a thousand rent sounds good to you, you’ll be comfy in Morrisville; the median rent is $855. To cope with the standard of living there, you must come up with an average median income of $31,899. Crime rate is low and the representative college is North Carolina State University.

13.Seattle, WA (Best Neighborhood: Eastlake)

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Lake Union graces Eastlake on its eastern shore. It’s considered one of the most appealing residential areas in the U.S. because of the combination of small businesses, apartments, and houses. This pretty neighborhood houses numerous boutiques, bakeries, and restaurants. The median rent is higher than Victorian Village at $1,033 with the population averaging a median income of $34,199. Twenty-five (25) to 34 year old professionals make up 15% of the population. Crime rate is low and the representative college is the University of Washington.

14. Columbus, O(Best Neighborhood: Victorian Village)

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If you’re like me and you love living in a neighborhood among gorgeous houses turned into beautiful rented apartments, you’ll love staying in Victorian Village. A pretty place northwest of downtown Columbus, it counts Ohio State University as one of its famous neighbors. Fourteen percent (14%) of the residents are aged 25 to 34. Median rent is $777. Make sure you have an average income of $28,977, if you plan to make it your home. Crime rate is average and the representative college is Ohio State University.

15. Pittsburgh, PA (Best Neighborhood: Shadyside)

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If you love being around historic residences, this is your place. Shadyside has that historic look that appeals to people who appreciate buildings with charachter. It is located at the east end of Pittsburgh and offers numerous upscale stores and boutiques as well as a number of cozy restaurants. Shadyside’s median rent is $672. If you can derive a annual income that sings to the tune of $25, 000 to $26,000, you’ll have no problem living there; Shadyside’s median income is $25,520. Twenty-five (25) to 34 year-old workers account for 11% of the population.

16. Phoenix, AZ (Best Neighborhood: Tempe)

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Tempe is situated in the East Valley section of Phoenix. It is an artsy and friendly area with numerous bars and a lake that is perfect for outdoor activities. 14% of its population is aged 25 to 34, and it has a median rent of $934. The average income is $29,139. Crime rate is below average and the representative college is Arizona State University.

17. Los Angeles, CA (Best Neighborhood: Palms)

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Palms is located at the west side of Los Angeles. It is one of the oldest neighborhoods in L.A., providing several apartment buildings, and offers Indian and Pakistani restaurants. The median rent in Palms is $1,218 with residents averaging an income of $26,482. Fourteen percent (14%) of the population is composed of 25 to 34 year olds. The crime rate is low and the representative college is the University of Southern California.

18. Charlotte, N.C. (Best Neighborhood: Third Ward)

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The Third Ward has charming town-homes and beautiful Sycamore trees. It has a dog park, a community garden, and is proudly family-oriented. Fourteen percent (14%) of its population is aged 25 to 34, and it has a median rent of $818. The average income of residents is $28,494. The crime rate is below average and the representative college is the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

19. New Orleans, LA (Best Neighborhood: Lower Garden District)

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The Lower Garden District has been rapidly gentrifying recently and has some of the most beautiful residences in the city. More shops and bars have been opening lately to cater to a younger crowd. Median rent in the Lower Garden District is $913. The population’s average median income is $25,297. Thirteen (13%) of residents are people aged 25 to 34 years old. The crime rate is below average and the representative college is Tulane University.

20. Salt Lake City, UT (Best Neighborhood: East Central)

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East Central has a unique and diverse community with numerous wide grassy parks and great shopping. The city’s transit options is within walking distance. People aged 25 to 34 constitute 17% of its residents. Median rent is $852. Average income is $27,561. Crime rate, however, is a little above average. The representative college is the University of Utah.

21. Houston, TX (Best Neighborhood: Midtown)

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Midtown is in southwest downtown Houston. There you will find lots of bars, bánh mì restaurants, shopping centers, and other attractions for young people. The median rent is $860. Average median income is $28,306. Fifteen (15%) of the population is composed of 25 to 34 year-old professionals who are either gainfully employed or running a business. Crime rate is average and the representative college is the University of Houston.

22. Indianapolis, IN (Best Neighborhood: Fishers)

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A suburb of Indianapolis, Fishers, is one of the most affordable neighborhoods in the U.S. It’s nearby a shopping center and a reservoir where people can fish and water-ski. Fourteen percent (14%) of its residents are aged 25 to 34. Median rent is $763 and the average income is $28,664. The crime rate is average and the representative college is Indiana University and Purdue University.

23. Richmond,VA (Best Neighborhood: Shockoe Bottom)

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Shockoe Bottom is located east of downtown Richmond along the James River. It has become a major destination for nightlife, dining, and entertainment. Twenty-five (25) to 34 year old residents comprise 13% of its population. Median rent is $921. The average income is $30,324. Crime Rate is below average and the representative college is Virginia Commonwealth University.

24. Orlando, FL (Best Neighborhood: Lake Eola Heights)

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Lake Eola Heights, a safe community in downtown Orlando, boasts of a nice selection of condos as well as historic homes. The median rent is $1,018. Residents are averaging a median income of $25,330. Like the rest of the locations featured here, 25 to 34 year-old individuals constitute 14% of the residents. Crime rate is above average and the representative college is the University of Central Florida.

25. Atlanta, GA (Best Neighborhood: Ardmore)

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Ardmore is a friendly residential neighborhood, proudly dog-oriented, and is well known for its gorgeous park. Fourteen percent (14%) of its population are people aged 25 to 34. Median rent is $937 and the average income is $29,863. The crime rate is a little higher than average and the representative college is Georgia Tech.

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