Youth-Magnet Cities in US

Washington, Seattle, New York top list
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 30, 2009 2:44 PM CDT
Youth-Magnet Cities in US
New York City is seen from across the Hudson in this file photo.   (AP Photo/Mike Derer)

Where will young people wind up once the recession ends? Some experts give the Wall Street Journal their best guesses:

  1. (tie) Washington, DC: Young people see Barack Obama as “America’s coolest boss,” says one panelist. Jobs in and around government abound, including nonprofit work that appeals to service-minded young people.

  1. (tie) Seattle: It’s a “high-tech and lifestyle mecca,” with a lot of jobs in prominent sectors.
  2. New York: The Big Apple’s “mythic status” as a destination for the best and brightest keeps drawing young people.
  3. Portland: Unemployment is high, but the city’s so cool that young people can’t stay away.
  4. Austin: “A model for a thriving 21st-century knowledge-based community,” Texas’ capital boasts a tech-savvy, arts-loving youth culture.
(Read more youth stories.)

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