Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Top 20 Cities for Young Professionals: Denver in Top 5

Denver ranked high in "Next Cities" rankings - the best places to live and work for young professionals. The study, conducted by Next Generation Consulting (NGC), tabulated the rankings after collecting and analyzing 45 measures for all U.S. cities with over 100,000 people.
"Simply being the cheapest place to live, or the city with the most jobs is not a long-term workforce strategy," says NGCs founder, Rebecca Ryan. Although jobs are important, Ryan says, "The next generation is very savvy about choosing where they'll live. They look carefully at quality of life factors like how much time they're going to spend in traffic commuting, if they can live near a park or hike-and-bike trail, and whether a city's downtown stays awake after five." The Next Cities list ranks cities that are - or have the capacity to be - great places to live and work for the next generation, because they have the best overall score in the seven indexes the next gen values.

Super Cities for Young Professionals with Population over 500,000
1. San Francisco, California
2. Seattle, Washington
3. Boston, Massachusetts
4. Washington, District of Columbia
5. Denver, Colorado
6. Austin, Texas
7. Baltimore, Maryland
8. Portland, Oregon
9. New York City, New York
10. Columbus, Ohio
11. Milwaukee, Wisconsin
12. Charlotte, North Carolina
13. Chicago, Illinois
14. Nashville, Tennessee
15. Jacksonville, Florida
16. Tucson, Arizona
17. San Antonio, Texas
18. Los Angeles, California
19. San Diego, California
20. Houston, Texas