Columbus ranks as one of the top 5 cities that boast high projected job growth and easy living – two of the reasons that make it one of the best places for young professionals to live.
But with costs of living far beyond what most Americans can afford—and projected job growth below average for big U.S. cities—it’s hard to make the case that either the Big Apple or City of Angels offers young people the easiest living or the best shot at success.
This list of top cities for millennials focuses on places where job growth is projected to be above average; food, rent, and other necessities are relatively affordable; and there are high concentrations of grocery stores, pharmacies, laundromats, and other amenities. Additionally, Columbus offers loads of fun bars, restaurants, and leisure activities.
Columbus’s sizable millennial population, 25.9% of residents, need never be bored. Between the green and floral Franklin Park Conservator, creative food venues, unusual art, and incredible concentration of sports teams, young people have plenty of choices for energetic entertainment in the city. For instance, see this list of the top 20 things to do in Columbus.
In addition, Columbus is convenient – and surprisingly walkable – which means you don’t necessarily need a car to get around. Add to that our incredible public transportation system, COTA, and all the ways to avoid having your own car – Uber, Car2Go, taxis, and CoGo Bike Share – and you can see why Columbus is so popular among young professionals.
Projected job growth is a healthy 9.3% through 2019, and the low cost of living – only 103 on the COLI index – makes it stand out among big cities. Just one of the reasons you should check out our apartment communities in downtown Columbus.