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Top 10 Cities for Young Business People

| July 23, 2009 | 22 Comments

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10. Jacksonville

A surprise finalist on the Under30CEO Cities for Young Business People, Jacksonville with no state income tax catapulted itself into the top 10. A relatively cheap cost of living compared to others on the list, your money goes far in Jacksonville. This isn’t the Florida that you grandparents live in–average age of JAX is 35. Warm weather, beaches, what’s not to like?

9. Phoenix

You may have overlooked the fact that Phoenix is the 5th most populated city in the country or that Phoenix’s Arizona State University enrolls 90,000+ students. Phoenix has a beautiful backdrop and represents all four major sports with professional teams. Go shopping for your dream home at discounted prices as have dropped more than anywhere in the country.

8. Denver

An extremely active outdoor scene, whitewater kayaking within city limits, epic skiing a short drive, Denver is not only great for outdoor sports, but also a great spectator sport city. Coors Field spills out into the bar scene in the middle of bustling LoDo. “The Wall Street of the West” operations include Charles Schwab, Janus Capital, Oppenheimer Funds, and Western Union.

7. San Francisco

SF has an enormous entrepreneur scene, laid back California culture, and tons to see and do. Entrepreneur meetups, Stanford and Berkeley nearby the Bay Area has plenty of hungry business people. Don’t expect sunny California weather throughout the city–micro climates can be a 20*F difference on opposite sides of the city.

6. Portland, OR

Often overlooked in the Pacific Northwest, Portland boasts fantastic preservation of open spaces. Dry summers and temperate winters “The City of Roses” is a great place to start a business or meet your match. Come to Portland for the outdoors or the art/music scene.

5. Seattle

If you like Rock and Roll forget Cleveland, Seattle is the birthplace of Jimi and grunge. If you like studying the rapid expansion of coffee shops–Starbucks and Seattle’s Best have set the pace. Seattle’s is extremely wet; home of the Puget Sound, Seahawks and Mariners. If it wasn’t for the rain and earthquakes, Seattle would rank even higher.

4. Austin

Rising on the scene, Austin is not your typical Texas city. With something for everyone, Austin’s nightlife will accommodate University of Texas students, young professionals and the upscale crowd. Austin’s resistance to commercialization gives it the adopted slogan “Keep Austin Weird”.

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3. New York

Want to conquer the world? Move to New York. It’s price tag kept it out of the #1 slot, but New York has so much to offer. By sheer size, things to do, people to meet and opportunities to seize New York is BIG. You can’t walk down the street in NY without hearing another language, meeting someone from out of town or seeing something bizarre. Take it piece by piece and think of your neighborhood as a city of its own.

2. Chicago

Cold as hell in the winter, but fun as hell in the summer. Where else in the world can you lay on the beach and look up at skyscrapers? Michigan Ave has impressive parks, shopping, restaurants and views of Lake Michigan. Go out Saturday mornings for beach volleyball, a run or bike on the boardwalk or just stay in bed hungover from your night out in Wrigelyville.

1. Boston

New England charm, 20+ higher learning institutions, fantastic history and plenty of neighborhood bars, Boston tops our list of Top 10 Cities for Young Business People. Less expensive than their rival New York, walk anywhere in the city without worry, there will be students and young professionals all over. When it’s sunny in Boston everyone is outside, pretending they were on Cape Cod. Hate them or love them, the Sox, Pats and Celtics make Boston a huge sports town.

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  • http://www.rockstarlifestyledesign.com/ Greg Rollett

    I like some of the surprises, yet am going to be the first to argue some of the cities. Being from Orlando, an hour south of Jacksonville, I am going to say that while the climate and beaches are nice in J-Ville, they lack the culture that some of the bigger cities in Florida have. Orlando itself has over 125,000 students and they don't seem to be moving anywhere anytime soon.

    But…I am also not vouching for Orlando to be on this list either. We have a long way to grow and progress as well as accept young business. The flashing lights, big advertising budgets and business culture just doesn't seem to be invading us anytime soon and will keep younger folks from getting involved.

    Also, NYC, Boston and Chicago – come on young pros, let's get creative and help other cities grow. Look at Madison or Atlanta or Kansas City as places that young entrepreneurs can make a clear impact in and grow, being big fishes in medium ponds. Medium ponds still have a lot of profits to go around!

  • http://under30ceo.com MattWilsontv

    Hey Greg, I like your pick with Madison– I'm not sure that moving to Wisconsin really excites too many people which kept it off the list, but I'd say it's a great small-medium sized pond. Lots of football, UW and an awesome halloween party–I like Madison.

    Oh yeah, and I'm a huge Packers fan.

  • http://www.rockstarlifestyledesign.com/ Greg Rollett

    Yea, I'm not going to run off to MadTown either, but I want young people to see its not all northeast cities that have hot businesses for young folks! BTW – we still need to catch up and chat.

  • http://www.rockstarlifestyledesign.com/ Greg Rollett

    I like some of the surprises, yet am going to be the first to argue some of the cities. Being from Orlando, an hour south of Jacksonville, I am going to say that while the climate and beaches are nice in J-Ville, they lack the culture that some of the bigger cities in Florida have. Orlando itself has over 125,000 students and they don't seem to be moving anywhere anytime soon.

    But…I am also not vouching for Orlando to be on this list either. We have a long way to grow and progress as well as accept young business. The flashing lights, big advertising budgets and business culture just doesn't seem to be invading us anytime soon and will keep younger folks from getting involved.

    Also, NYC, Boston and Chicago – come on young pros, let's get creative and help other cities grow. Look at Madison or Atlanta or Kansas City as places that young entrepreneurs can make a clear impact in and grow, being big fishes in medium ponds. Medium ponds still have a lot of profits to go around!

  • http://under30ceo.com MattWilsontv

    Hey Greg, I like your pick with Madison– I'm not sure that moving to Wisconsin really excites too many people which kept it off the list, but I'd say it's a great small-medium sized pond. Lots of football, UW and an awesome halloween party–I like Madison.

    Oh yeah, and I'm a huge Packers fan.

  • http://www.rockstarlifestyledesign.com/ Greg Rollett

    Yea, I'm not going to run off to MadTown either, but I want young people to see its not all northeast cities that have hot businesses for young folks! BTW – we still need to catch up and chat.

  • http://Under30CEO.com Jared O'Toole

    Great list! New York and Chicago are def. my favorite cities. When starting out its so great to be in a big city because there is unlimited opportunity. There is always an event going on to meet people or other people just interested in your project.

    New York is going to be my first stop!

  • http://under30ceo.com MattWilsontv

    I've gotten some feedback on Twitter, asking for cities outside the US.

    Stay tuned for a future post. If anyone would like to help out let me know matt @under30ceo.com. Preferably someone who knows how to get a visa to work in a different country or start a business abroad.

  • http://www.captainrande.com/ Captain Rande

    Great article!

  • tejas_bhatt

    When you list all exciting cities for young people, you seem to forget a very important demographic – immigrant workers.

    Each year at least 65000 young workers come to US for work. They don't go by their choices but I find it hard to believe any of those people picking a Wisconsin, or a Kansas city by their own choice. Those 20-30 somethings are likely to remain in already established cities like NYC, Boston or Chicago and help the culture grow there.

    I would have loved to see San Diego there. I like that Phoenix, Austin, Portland already made it on the list considering the culture they promote, with the huge student population they have.

  • http://under30ceo.com MattWilsontv

    Tejas, I need to take a trip to SD soon. I think there is a descent tech scene, obviously there is gorgeous weather, I like to surf, a laid back culture–sounds like a good pick. What about culture? SD State University is there, not sure what other higher learning institutions…?

  • MLDina

    Wow- definitely wasn't expecting to see Jacksonville on the list. NY, Boston, San Fran, sure- but that took me by surprise. I loved Denver, Phoenix, and Austin and I can see why they would be growing business hubs. I'm also surprised no southern California towns made the list.

  • http://under30ceo.com MattWilsontv

    A lot of people have been asking for San Diego!

    I liked the surprise of Jax myself. Sure we knew the top 3 would be up there, but it's the creative ones that are intriguing. I want to get to Portland soon and windsurf and ski in the same day.

  • MLDina

    That would be a blast! We went to a conference in Denver this year and it was great to get the opportunity to be in a city we don't normally travel to- especially with the young business crowd there. I would love to head to San Diego, too.

  • http://under30ceo.com MattWilsontv

    All through college I wanted to move to Denver. I was a finalist at the Colorado State University Venture Adventure–a nationwide b-plan competition. We had a plan for an extreme sports apparel retailer–talk about living the dream–I was planning on skiing and riding all day, hanging with clients. It didn't work out, but I'm still ready to inspire people to live the dream.

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  • dadesign

    Informative listing.
    I knew that Portland could be part of the top 10 biz places.
    Hope it stays in the chart.

  • http://www.ebauhauz.com dadesign

    Informative listing.
    I knew that Portland could be part of the top 10 biz places.
    Hope it stays in the chart.

  • http://www.ebauhauz.com dadesign

    Informative listing.
    I knew that Portland could be part of the top 10 biz places.
    Hope it stays in the chart.

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