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The Livability Index: The Best U.S. Cities If You're 35 and Under

Livability Index: The 35 Best U.S. Cities If You're 35 and Under


Living on ramen, crashing on a scavenged futon—that's no way to live (at least in the long term). Maybe you're itching for a change of scenery. Or even looking to start a family. Well, we've got you covered. Vocativ’s second annual Livability Index was created specifically for people like you—young, ethnically diverse, overwhelmingly single and saddled with student loans—to measure what matters most when picking a place to call home. Jobs. Housing. Diversity. Fun.

To reach our top 35, we started with the 100 most populous cities in America and used open-source Internet data to measure vital stats like salary and employment rates, and the cost of rent and utilities, as well as everyday concerns like public transportation, weather and crime. We also considered lifestyle metrics such as the price of dinner at Buffalo Wild Wings and an ounce of high-quality weed—you know, the important stuff—as well as access to live music and sports.

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Buffalo Wings and high quality weed awe the important stuff?

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