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Top 25 Best Neighborhoods For Millennials

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Top 25 Best Neighborhoods For Millennials

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.

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                      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.

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                                  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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                                                    Why Personal Branding Is Important to Your Career

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                                                    Why Personal Branding Is Important to Your Career

                                                    As a recruiter, I have met and interviewed hundreds of candidates who have no idea who they are.

                                                    Without a personal brand, candidates struggle to answer the question: “tell me about yourself—who are you?” They have no idea about who they are, what their strengths are, and how they can add value to the company. They present their CV’s believing that their CV is the key to their career success. In some ways, your CV still has its use. However, in today’s job market, you need more than a CV to stand out in a crowd.

                                                    According to Celinne Da Costa:[1]

                                                    “Personal brand is essentially your golden ticket to networking with the right people, getting hired for a dream job, or building an influential business.” She believes that “a strong personal brand allows you to stand out in an oversaturated marketplace by exposing desired audiences to your vision, skillset, and personality in a way that is strategically aligned with your career goals.”

                                                    A personal brand opens up your world to so many more career opportunities that you would never have been exposed to with just your CV.

                                                    What Is Your Personal Brand?

                                                    “Personal branding is how you distinctively market your uniqueness.” —Bernard Kelvin Clive

                                                    Today, the job market is very competitive and tough. Having a great CV will only let you go so far because everyone has a CV, but no one else has your distinct personal brand! It is your personal brand that differentiates you from everyone else and that is what people buy—you.

                                                    Your personal brand is your mark on the world. It is how people you interact with and the world see you. It is your legacy—it is more important than a business brand because your personal brand lasts forever.

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                                                    I have coached people who have very successful careers, and they come to me because they have suddenly found that they are not getting the opportunities or having the conversations that would them to their next role. They are having what I call a “career meltdown,” all because they have no personal brand.

                                                    A personal brand helps you become conscious of your differences and your uniqueness. It allows you to position yourself in a way that makes you stand out from the pack, especially among other potential job applicants.

                                                    Don’t get me wrong, having a great CV and a great LinkedIn profile is important. However, there are a few steps that you have to take to have a CV and LinkedIn profile that is aligned to who you are, the value you offer to the market, and the personal guarantee that you deliver results.

                                                    Building your personal brand is about strategically, creatively, and professionally presenting what makes you, you. Knowing who you are and the value you bring to the table enables you to be more informed, agile, and adaptable to the changing dynamic world of work. This is how you can avoid having a series of career meltdowns.

                                                    Your Personal Brand Is Essential for Your Career Success

                                                    In her article, Why Personal Branding Is More Important Than Ever, Caroline Castrillon outlines key reasons why a personal brand is essential for career success.

                                                    According to Castrillon,[2]

                                                    “One reason is that it is more popular for recruiters to use social media during the interview process. According to a 2018 CareerBuilder survey, 70% of employers use social media to screen candidates during the hiring process, and 43% of employers use social media to check on current employees.”

                                                    The first thing I do as a recruiter when I want to check out a candidate or coaching client is to look them up on LinkedIn or other social media platforms, such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Your digital footprint is the window that highlights to the world who you are. When you have no control over how you want to be seen, you are making a big mistake because you are leaving it up to someone else to make a judgment for you as to who you are.

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                                                    As Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, once said, “Your brand is what people say about you when you are not in the room.”

                                                    In her book, Becoming, Michelle Obama writes about the importance of having a personal brand and her journey to defining her personal brand. She wrote that:

                                                    “if you don’t get out there and define yourself, you’ll be quickly and inaccurately defined by others.”

                                                    When you have a personal brand, you are in control. You know exactly what people will say about you when you leave the room.

                                                    The magic of a personal brand is that gives you control over how you want to be seen in the world. Your confidence and self-belief enable you to leverage opportunities and make informed decisions about your career and your future. You no longer experience the frustrations of a career meltdown or being at a crossroads not knowing what to do next with your career or your life. With a personal brand, you have focus, clarity, and a strategy to move forward toward future success.

                                                    Creating your personal brand does not happen overnight. It takes a lot of work and self-reflection. You will be expected to step outside of your comfort zone not once, but many times.

                                                    The good news is that the more time you spend outside of your comfort zone, the more you will like being there. Being outside of your comfort zone is where you can test the viability of and fine-tune your personal brand.

                                                    5 Key Steps to Creating Your Personal Brand

                                                    These five steps will help you create a personal brand that will deliver you the results you desire with your career and in life.

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                                                    1. Set Your Personal Goals

                                                    What is it that you want to do in the next five years? What will your future self be doing in the next five to ten years? What is important to you? If you can answer these questions, then you are on the right path. If not, then you have to start thinking about them.

                                                    2. Create Your Unique Value Proposition

                                                    Create your unique value proposition by asking yourself these four questions:

                                                    1. What are your personality features? What benefit do you offer people?
                                                    2. Who are you and why do people enjoy working with you?
                                                    3. What do you do and what do people want you to do for them? How do you solve their problems?
                                                    4. What makes you different from others like you?

                                                    The answers to these questions will give you the information you need to create your professional story, which is the key step to creating your personal brand.

                                                    3. Write Your Professional Story

                                                    Knowing who you are, what you want, and the unique value you offer is essential to you creating your professional story. People remember stories. Your personal story incorporates your value proposition and tells people who you are and what makes you unique. This is what people will remember about you.

                                                    4. Determine Which Platforms Will Support Your Personal Brand

                                                    Decide which social media accounts and online platforms will best represent your brand and allow you to share your voice. In a professional capacity, having a LinkedIn profile and a CV that reflects your brand is key to your positioning in relation to role opportunities. People will be connecting with you because they will like the story you are telling.

                                                    5. Become Recognized for Sharing Your Knowledge and Expertise

                                                    A great way for you to promote yourself is by sharing knowledge and helping others. This is where you prove you know your stuff and you gain exposure for doing so. You can do this through social media, writing, commenting, video, joining professional groups, networking, etc. Find your own style and uniqueness and use it to attract clients, the opportunities, or the jobs you desire.

                                                    The importance of having a personal brand is not going to go away. In fact, it is the only way where you can stand out and be unique in a complex changing world of work. If you don’t have a personal brand, someone will do it for you. If you let this happen, you have no control and you may not like the story they create.

                                                    Standing out from others takes time and investment. Most people cannot make the change by themselves, and this is where engaging a personal brand coach is a viable option to consider.

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                                                    As a personal brand coach, working with my clients to create their personal brand is my passion. I love the fact that we can work together to create a personal story that defines exactly what people will say when you leave the room.

                                                    Other People’s Stories

                                                    Listening to other people’s stories is a great way to learn. In his article, 7 TED Talks About Personal Branding, Rafael Dos Santos presents the best Ted Talks where speakers share their stories about the “why,” “what,” and “how” of personal branding.((GuidedPR: 7 TED Talks About Personal Branding))

                                                    Take some time out to listen to these speakers sharing their stories and thoughts about personal branding. You will definitely learn so much about how you can start your journey of defining yourself and taking control of your professional and personal life.

                                                    Your personal brand, without a doubt, is your secret weapon to your career success. As Michelle Obama said,

                                                    “your story is what you have, what you will always have. It is something to own.”

                                                    So, go own your story. Go on the journey to create your personal brand that defines who you are, highlights your uniqueness, and the value you offer to the world.

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