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10 Best American Cities For Young People In 2014

With 36 percent of young american adults between the ages of 18 and 31 currently living at home, the dream of youthful self-dependence has long since been tainted. This 'boomerang generation' have had

With 36 percent of young american adults between the ages of 18 and 31 currently living at home, the dream of youthful self-dependence has long since been tainted. This 'boomerang generation' have had attempts to leave the nest thwarted by high rents, poor job prospects and the weight of huge college debts. These are the problems that often shackle the young to the family homestead - but if you were to take the leap, get out there and get by, where would your best chances lie?

The following list ranks the 10 best American cities to be young in, counting down to the number 1 very best city to enjoy your youth in the U.S. Our selection is based on Vocativ's ranking of the most livable American cities for young people, among the 50 most populated cities in the country according to the 2010 census. Their Livability Index brings into play a series of indicators crucial to the well-being of 18 to 35 year olds, such as the average salary, employment rates, the price of rent and domestic upkeep, as well as everyday factors which these sorts of data ranking systems often leave out, such as bike lane quality for getting around cheaply, accessibility of gigs and coffee shops, the cost of internet subscriptions, the price of food and beer and even an estimation of how far out of pocket an ounce of high quality weed would put you.

So, what are you waiting for? If you're a 20-something waiting for the right time to jump ship and unattach yourself from the apron strings, think about relocating to one of these 10 cities.

10 Phoenix, Arizona

9 Denver, Colorado

8 Long Beach, California 

7 Atlanta, Georgia

6 Las Vegas, Nevada 

5 Minneapolis, Minnesota 

4 Seattle, Washington 

3 San Francisco, California 

2 Austin, Texas 

1 Portland, Oregon 

Portland, Oregon's biggest city, ranks as the number one most livable city for young people in America. With a thriving job market and affordable accommodation and utilities, Portland promises opportunity. The city is also renowned for its creative and collective spirit from which many young entrepreneurs have launched their projects. Rich in music venues and coffee shops, there's always something happening in Portland. It is also the number one place on the list for buying cheap weed (though that's yet to be legalised in Oregon) and a beer goes for $6. With a temperate oceanic climate it's a pleasant place to live all year round.

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