College is a life-changing experience for most young adults. They learn new things, meet new people, and have a lot of fun in the process. As graduation comes and goes, many fresh graduates have troubles maintaining a healthy work-life balance. Even with the extra money that comes with the new job, many continue to struggle finding balance.
Recent data from Zillow, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and Redfin show the best cities for young professionals looking to optimize their work-life balance. With stats such as average rent, unemployment rate, and walkability, we’ve been able to create a list of the top ten cities for young professionals who are looking for a better work-life balance.
The Midwest is the most popular destination as it holds half of the cities on the list. Five of the top ten cities are found in the Midwest and it’s no surprise. Great salaries, a thriving night scene, low unemployment rates, and fair rent prices allow are a few of the reasons these cities sit on top. While cities like Los Angeles and Chicago may offer higher wages, the cost of living in the Midwest is significantly lower. This gives young professionals more money to spend on leisure activities and enough leftover to contribute to retirement accounts.
The Midwest not your cup of tea? The Bay area in Northern California, consisting of both San Francisco and Oakland, made the list. Both cities sport high walkability scores and have countless outdoor activities that can fill up your free time. Public transportation is more developed here than in the Midwest, which leads to lower costs as well.
In the infographic below from Investment Zen, we break down the benefits of each city. Take a look and find which city looks like it could be a fit for you. Whether you’re enjoying a new club, hiking a new trail, or paying off your student loans with the extra money, any of these cities will be a great fit.