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4 Best Cities for Millennials Paying Off College Debt

4 Best Cities for Millennials Paying Off College Debt

We millennials are a diverse group, and nobody knows this better than we do. Even so, there are some things that we can all unite around, things that every one of us gets. These Millennial factors are making a huge difference in our moving trends. Here’s what Millennials are thinking about in a move and which cities provide the best environments for emerging adults.

Paying Student Loans

Student debt seems to be the one unavoidable facet of Millennial life. Some people like to write the growing debt off as the laziness of our generation, but we know better. We know that we’re out there busting our asses and looking for the most effective ways to get our debt paid off, and fast.

Turns out, this is having a huge impact on the cities that we like too. Millennials are loving these often overlooked cities with lots of great employment opportunities and a low cost of living; the perfect storm for quick loan repayment.

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Raising a Family

It’s tough to raise a family these days and nobody knows that better than new parents. Choosing the best city to raise a family in is hard work. Aspiring parents should focus on cities that offer good schools, quality children’s healthcare, and tons of other parents in the exact same situations that you’re in. And don’t stop at high school education when looking for a city with good local education facilities. We know all too well that having to look out of state for a good university can be financially devastating.

Although we don’t think of it as having a huge direct impact, a city that’s easy on parents is critical as well. Look for cities that will treat you right and avoid triggering that ‘angry mom’ gene.

Cities with Culture

All those student loans weren’t for naught. Millennials are by far the most educated generation ever and our taste for culture is reflected in that. We’re not satisfied with earning a paycheck and then plopping down in front of the tv. Millennials love food, wine, music, and everything else that goes into a highly cultured city. We’re not afraid to move into a fixer-upper, if it means living in a city with a well-established cultural base.

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Unfortunately many of us have seen firsthand that our top cities for culture, like New York or Washington D.C., are way out of our budget. Meanwhile, the cheapest cities aren’t always the most family-friendly. The best cities for Millennials have to bring it all together into a well-wrapped package. Taking everything above into account, here are my top four cities for those of our generation.

1. Houston

This is no shocker. Ranking well in all three of our factors, Houston is quickly becoming a top city for young people. Its prime gulfside location keeps a steady flow of unique culture coming into the city, not to mention loads of great fish to fuel our shared craving for late night sushi. There can’t be any other city in the world, where you can get incredibly fresh sushi and authentic Texas barbeque on the same block.

On top of that Houston had a remarkable 3.7% unemployment rate in 2015, almost two percentage points below the national average.

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2. Dallas

It seems fair to say that Texas, once the paradigm of rural America, is making a name for itself in in the urban domain. First Houston and now Dallas, another hub of culture and beautiful mixing place for North and Central America. Add to that Dallas’s award-winning schools and its healthy 3.8% unemployment and you’ve got another great match.

3. Boise

I’ve gotta throw in a little hometown pride here. Boise isn’t quite the metropolis that popular Northwest cities like Seattle and Vancouver are, but it’s also not so remarkably unaffordable. Millennials are starting to realize this and Boise is growing like crazy, creating interest in new commerce centers and bringing great culture into the city. Local entrepreneurs are also taking advantage of the boom with popular destinations like the Boise Fry Company.

If that’s not enough, Boise beats every other city on this list with a whopping 2.6% unemployment and tons of affordable housing.

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4. Philadelphia

The only Eastern city on this list, Philly sets itself apart from its neighbors with affordable housing. It packs all the cultural punch of New York or Boston without the huge price tag. There’s absolutely no doubt that Millennials are already making their mark in Philadelphia and taking advantage of a world class city, at a discount.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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