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This July 10, 2014 photo shows the historic East Village district in Des Moines, Iowa. Nestled in the middle of Iowa, surrounded by miles of rolling hills green with corn and soybeans, is the capital city of Des Moines. A metropolis that?s experienced a popularity surge in recent years thanks to new businesses and housing opportunities, Des Moines has plenty of activities that will be kind to your wallet. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Durham, NC, was rated the best US city for young adults. Here's the rest of the list.


So you want to move to the big city? We hear you. Many of us here at Circa left small hometowns to settle down here in Washington, D.C. 

But where should you settle? Where can you find a job and rent a cheap, yet decent, apartment? (pro tip: it ain't gonna be easy to do either in our nation's capital.)

Well, Growella has got you covered. The financial-education website analyzed cities to find which ones are the best for young professionals, measuring things like jobs, salaries, and public transit.

Durham, North Carolina

Famously home to the prestigious Duke University and the eponymous Durham Bulls, readers might be surprised that this North Carolina town is No. 1 on the list. But it's deserved.

The number of jobs available in Durham is almost three times higher than average cities. The cost of living, however, is lower than the national average. 

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Black and yellow, baby. The average salary in Pittsburgh isn't anything special, but because the cost of living is 11 percent lower than the average city analyzed, that paycheck will go a little further than you anticipate. 

Also, the number of people who take public transportation is 92 percent higher than other cities. 

Nashville, Tennessee

Unless you want to work in music, you might not have considered Nashville as a potential destination for the start of your young life. But it's worth doing some research. The number of job openings is 42 percent higher than the average cities studied. 

Also, in terms of take-home-pay after living expenses, Nashville is right up there with the best of them. 

Des Moines, Iowa

OK, OK -- hear us out. Des Moines has a strong job market and a low cost of living. There are 41 percent more job openings there than in the average city (how many people do YOU know moving to Des Moines?). 

So if you take a chance and relocate to the land of corn, there's a strong chance you're in for a pleasant surprise. 

Charlotte, North Carolina

The southern banking hub boasts 27 percent more job openings than the average city. 

Also, Charlotte is partly a college town. So there's plenty to do when the sun goes down, ranking 11th among the cities analyzed for local nightlife. 

Other towns to consider:

Syracuse, New York
Columbus, Ohio
Austin, Texas
Greenville, South Carolina
Houston, Texas
Albany, New York
Dallas, Texas
Indianapolis, Indiana
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Fayetteville, Arizona

Cincinnati, Ohio
St. Louis, Missouri
Lubbock, Texas
Gainesville, Florida
Omaha, Nebraska
Corpus Christie, Texas
Raleigh, North Carolina
Dayton, Ohio
Lexington, Kentucky
Knoxville, Tennessee

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