“Rent is decent, great food, museums, and it’s known for its music scene.” —Submitted by ashn4b59d5db6
3. Salt Lake City
“We have inexpensive homes, there are a million and one things to do, lots of bars, craft beer, art festivals, and you can go skiing before you go to work.” —Submitted by Cellardoor221
5. Raleigh, North Carolina
“It’s really inexpensive and has a lot of cool restaurants and nightlife. The city is sort of up-and-coming (as evident by the increase in hipsters). Sweet lil’ cheap city — check it out.” —Submitted by malburger
7. El Paso, Texas
“We have a great university, a low cost of living, amazing weather pretty much year-round, plenty of nightlife, theaters, outdoor activities, a zoo, a baseball team, a hockey team (in the desert!)… Someone stop me before I write an essay.” —Submitted by Elizabeth Olivas via Facebook
“We have art, culture, beaches, a variety of interesting or quiet neighborhoods, amazing food, several good colleges, reasonably reliable public transportation, and it can be very affordable if you’re willing to have roommates and/or not live in the super-trendiest neighborhoods.” —Submitted by MrsKChicago
“It gets a bad rap, but it’s actually super affordable and has a bunch of cool neighborhoods, a thriving art scene, and more fun bars than you could count. Plus, it’s an easy $7 train ride from D.C.” —Submitted by Kimberly Ann via Facebook
“It’s a musical city and country isn’t the only scene. There are a few colleges and so much nightlife. It’s a city with a hometown feel.” —Submitted by maddieh41f19ef50
14. Kalamazoo, Michigan
“The cost of living is fantastic for twentysomethings fresh out of college. There are tons of local restaurants that carry locally grown foods as well as being one of the forerunners in the craft beer game. And it’s home to companies like Pfizer and Stryker which both offer entry level positions.” —Submitted by Janette Scott via Facebook
15. Los Angeles
“So many things to explore, many other 20-year-olds, an acting career is an opportunity, or joining the Navy or military. And who wouldn’t want to live near Disneyland?!” —Submitted by PaulaDeenHoney
“It’s cheap, their museum scene is on point, and they have excellent taste in beer.” —Submitted by jennacaye
19. Portland, Oregon
“You can make pretty good money doing almost anything and actually afford to live. There’s a lush natural scene, a really avid nightlife, and let’s not forget the abundance of cool restaurants always popping up! It just has just has a really cool vibe that’s perfect for twentysomethings.” —Submitted by KikiTee1
“The Hollywood of the South! There’s a neighborhood for everyone with a low cost of living, festivals every weekend, amazing music scene, NYC shows before they hit Broadway, and snow days with just a chance of snow!” —Submitted by sarahm415d11717
And if you’re longing to live outside of the United States…
“We have a beautiful lake, river, and nice nature (like the Alps) really close around. Plus, many jobs — and because of that, enough money to do whatever we like. Partying, traveling, and freedom in general. Love it!” —Submitted by gaggibrot
25. Fukuoka, Japan
“Great health care, low cost of living, amazing food, and being able to get nearly anywhere in Asia by public transit exclusively is really great. You’ll never need a car, a driver’s licence, or any of that!” —Submitted by tianzhonghair
“Amazing street food, various unique parties, cool people, lots of festivals, plus a beautiful city = everything you need.” —Submitted by francyka94
27. Seoul, South Korea
“I lived and worked there as a teacher for four years and met some of the best people and had adventures almost every weekend. All while not feeling too broke and being able to put a little bit aside before returning home.” —Submitted by sydneys11
“Great food, great nightlife, cheap rent, lots of universities, there’s always a festival going on, rich history, and the people. Montrealers are amazing!” —Submitted by marie-michelelv
29. St. Petersburg
“You can easily live on $200 a month (especially after the fall of the ruble), and it’s gorgeous. Great nightlife, anti-cafés, and the hipster music scene is pretty legit, too.” —Submitted by theKatherine
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