Here Are All the Places It's Apparently Cooler for Young People to Live than Dallas

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More like "young, broke and fabulous"
There are many words that come to mind when you think of Dallas. "Barbecue," for one. A lot of traffic-related phrases too, like "road construction," "highway overpasses" or "valet parking."

But three surprising adjectives connected to Dallas are "young," "broke" and "single," at least according to Money Under 30, a website aiming to help 20-somethings with financial planning. Money Under 30 put together a list of the best 20 cities in the country for people to live in if their young, broke and single, using criteria such as cost of living, unemployment, number of bars and others. The idea is to find a city that makes for a good place to launch a career and find true love, all on the cheap.

The Big D makes it in the 19th slot on the list (take that, Minneapolis/St. Paul/Bloomington). All the cities share a few traits, like being big college or university hubs. Apparently Texas has more cities than any other state that are well-suited for the "YBS." Houston makes the cut, and Austin is at the very top of the list, which probably surprises no one.

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That cities like Seattle and New Orleans trump Dallas is also predictable. But there are others on the list that may surprise you, especially if you meet one or more of the conditions of being YBS. Omaha, Nebraska, for example, is ranked higher than both Seattle and New Orleans, thanks to its bustling music scene and employment opportunities (Newsweek ranked the Omaha as one of the country's 10 tech cities back in 2001). Durham, North Carolina, and Columbus, Ohio, ranked third and fourth respectively, are another pair with small populations but fertile territory for the youthful and unattached.

These metrics are questionable though. "Fun" may be a hard thing to quantify, but surely there are more variables to take into account than just the number of bars. Maybe the number of miniature golf courses? Any list is suspect when Baton Rouge, Louisiana, scores higher than New Orleans. Regardless of your age, income or relationship status, surely that's something we can agree on.

The full list follows:

1 Austin, TX 2 Salt Lake City, UT 3 Durham, NC 4 Columbus, OH 5 Baton Rouge, LA 6 Omaha, NE 7 New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 8 Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA 9 Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 10 Oklahoma City, OK 11 Houston, TX 12 Charleston-N, Charleston, SC 13 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA 14 Milwaukee-Waukesha, WI 15 Columbia, SC 16 San, Diego, CA 17 Orlando, FL 18 Boston, MA 19 Dallas, TX 20 Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI

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Americano
Americano

I think fun = clubs, bars and pot.

Obummer
Obummer

Yo as long as Sandra Fluke be get’in her free birf controls pills what diff’ do it make?

EastDallasP1
EastDallasP1

I'm guessing jobs were the most weighted metric, otherwise Portland, OR would be at the top. Amazing city, just no jobs.

rufuslevin
rufuslevin

WELL, YOU MISSED LIVING IN THEIR PARENT'S HOUSE FOR FREE...MAY NOT BE COOL, BUT SURE IS CHEAP.

CheeryBitch
CheeryBitch

This list is nuts. Isn't D.C. real estate crazy expensive? And lumping Metarie and Kenner with New Orleans is like lumping Mandfield and Kennedale with Dallas; the cities are vastly different.

sidewalkastro
sidewalkastro

Ft. Worth should be ahead of Dallas. It is a lot more livable city. It is more like Austin used to be.

Cliffhanger
Cliffhanger

The fools! Have they never heard of South Lake, West Colleyville or Frisco???!!!!!

DMZ3
DMZ3

On Baton Rouge, take a look at the "Searching for the Soul of Austin" feature in the Dallas Observer by John Lomax. He argued that Baton Rouge is a lot like what Austin used to be before the tech boom: a one-time Confederate capital and college town.

director21
director21

Apparently, whoever said Austin was a cheaper place to live than Dallas has no clue!

gmit
gmit

Anyone giving financial advice to young people that suggest ATX as a good place to live are using some seriously skewed metrics. Or maybe the mommy & daddies credit card is considered a given to the current generation. 

Austin does = Young, but it also churns out tens of thousands of graduates a couple of times a year and considering the overall business climate, Austin is a minor blip on the radar vs the economies of  Houston and Dallas.

If lots of people want to live in a place because its cool, there are lots of people trying to rent those apartments and the employers have lots of people to choose from when they hire, All bad economic situations for the person starting out


Sharon_Moreanus
Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

At least we haven't lost our #1 position on the douchebag list.

ruddski
ruddski

Jobs are the only attraction in Texas.

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

@rufuslevin 

Huh, learn something new every day.

I was unaware the Jitterbug had text functionality and a caps-lock.

StupidHippies
StupidHippies

@gmit There are still plenty of Mexicans to push further out of the East Side

rufuslevin
rufuslevin

@ruddski AND NATIVE TEXANS...NOT THE CREEPO TRANSPLANTED NORTHERN JERKWADS.

MikeWestEast
MikeWestEast

@ruddski If you do not have a job and are not independently wealthy, the other things are pretty much unattainable.  Texas is still a great place because it is so big, has so many different people and plenty of space to avoid other people you do not like.  You can basically live the way you want, within reason, as long as you do not care what other people or government think of you.  Too many liberals want the government to be as they want.  They care what other people think.  They want to change Texas.   Not going to happen. The truth is it does not matter.  Does it really matter to you if Governor Perry says something stupid?  Who cares.  The right answer is people in TX rarely bother you regardless of your beliefs.  They enact weird laws that do not really do anything and they know it. 

Find your personal piece of Texas, keep other  people you do not like away and enjoy it. 

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

@Daniel @sidewalkastro 

They are, however, unfailingly polite.

Delightful city to visit.

sidewalkastro
sidewalkastro

@rufuslevin @sidewalkastro You must be a conservative, because you don't know shit fool. Dallas is more liberal than Austin. Even San Antonio is more progressive than Austin. I have lived in all three cities.

Will
Will

@MissMacy @Cliffhanger Compared to DC, Boston, or Seattle, they probably are.  

Those would be great places to be "young and single with a fat trust fund", but the "YBS" set will be working 3 dead-end jobs and still illegally splitting a studio apartment 5 ways...

ruddski
ruddski

I was a transplant there, now I'm a transplant here.

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