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.
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.
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
Greenville, South Carolina
Albany, New York
St. Louis, Missouri
Corpus Christie, Texas
Raleigh, North Carolina