The 20 Most Underrated Cities For 20-Somethings

The 20 Most Underrated Cities For 20-Somethings

Business Insider has just named Philadelphia the #1 most underrated city for twenty-somethings.

Based on its public transportation, large single population, and healthy amount of parkland, Philadelphia took the #1 spot on the most underrated city for 20-somethings list.

“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” has amply illustrated the virtues of being a shiftless millennial in our most underrated city (SMCI). This index is based on amount of parkland, number of large music venues per capita, number of bars per capita, how many people are single, access to public transportation, and cost of living.

Rankings of cities measuring “livability” or “quality of life” are a staple of the Internet. Livability, however, is very much in the eye of the beholder. provides a typical such livability metric. Cities are rated by a combination of factors – proximity to amenities, cost of living, crime rates, educational facilities, the local labor market, the housing market, and weather.

The AreaVibes metric seems like it would be helpful to an affluent, mid-career professional with a couple of kids in school who is looking to buy a house and put down roots. If you are a single 20-something trying to start a career, buying a house, settling down, and worrying about what school district you live in are completely alien concepts. You are probably more interested in meeting interesting people and experiencing all that life has to offer.

Business Insider writer, Andy Kiersz, compiled a list of which cities are the most underrated by AreaVibes by subtracting SMCI rankings from AreaVibes rankings for the 88 cities ranked by AreaVibes with populations of at least 200,000 — the bigger the difference, the more underrated the city. This gives us an idea of some of the places where shiftless millennials should live.


Check out the full list of Most Underrated Cities for 20-Somethings.



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