25 Best Cities For Young People To Live In

Posted by on August 21, 2013

Young people can be dynamic, free-spirited, idealistic and carefree as well as goal-oriented, driven and practical. Some prefer to leave their hometowns to study in other cities or even other countries and perhaps move around again after obtaining a college degree. It normally depends on their financial capability or just their need to be independent and less restricted. Nevertheless, there are cities like these 25 best cities for young people to live in that are more accommodating to a young lifestyle.


Helsinki, Finland


Except for a 100 day winter, the capital and largest city in Finland will give you nothing but a livable environment, employment opportunities, and a mostly balanced climate. For those who want a laid back lifestyle and are familiar with European languages, this is the perfect spot.


Zurich, Switzerland


Although it may seem overwhelming to live in one of the wealthiest cities in Europe; if you’re a business graduate willing to develop your German speaking skills and you have plans of making it big in your field, then Zurich is right for you.


Buenos Aires, Argentina


The Paris of South America is not only one of the 20 largest cities in the world, it is also one of the three alpha cities in Latin America and hosts the most competitive marketplace in the region. A fusion of economic, political and cultural influences make up this global city. For the bookworms, it’s good to note that this part of the world is called “the city of books” and every April it holds one of the top 5 book fairs in the world aptly called the Buenos Aires International Book Fair.


Perth, Australia


Listed as the world’s 9th most livable city in 2012 by the Economic Intelligence Unit, this largely suburban city offers some of the best beaches in Australia.


Amsterdam, Netherlands


Like many of the most livable countries in the world, this alpha world city is the commercial and cultural center of the Netherlands and ranked 2nd best city to live in in the world. It should go without saying, but while it is well known for its red light district and its less-than-honorable activities, Amsterdam with all its diversity has much more to offer.


Barcelona, Spain


A major cultural and economic center in Southwestern Europe and home to 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites including the famous Sagrada Familia which is also the international symbol of the city, Barcelona boasts of a thriving industrial and fashion sector. Since the city lies along the Mediterranean, it was once considered the top city-beach in the world.


Oslo, Norway


Renowned as an important center of maritime knowledge in Europe, it is the home of the world’s largest shipping companies and ship brokers so if you happen to be planning to start out in that field, check out Oslo. Keep in mind, however, that this is a city for those young people who have a strong income as Oslo is one of the most expensive cities in the world as well.


London, England


One of the biggest drawbacks to living here would be the traffic. Other than that, London has always been a place for the arts, commerce, education, and fashion. Described as a world cultural capital, the populace is so diverse that nearly 300 languages are “significantly” spoken within its boundaries and it’s home to 43 universities making it a major center of higher education in Europe.


Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.


This major coastal seaport city, officially monikered as the “Emerald City” is the chief gateway for trade with Asia making it the 8th largest port in the United States and the 9th in North America. Some famous landmarks are the Space Needle and the Seattle Central Library with its typographic floors and walls. Coffee aficionados would absolutely love this place as it is the home of 3 of the most famous coffee companies in the world.


Berlin, Germany


As the capital city of one of the most influential countries in the history of the world with it’s long list of famous philosophers, music composers, scientists and inventors, Berlin can offer the younger generation a higher standard of living and employment opportunities in various service sectors which comprises 80% of all companies in the city. Creative industries in the fields of music, film, advertising, architecture and the like also contribute an estimated 20% of Berlin’s gross domestic product.


Rome, Italy


One of the most culturally rich cities in the world, “Roma Capitale” is the capital city of Italy and is referred to as “The Eternal City”. Moreover, it’s the only city in the world which contains a whole state, the enclave of the Vatican City which is why it is also defined as the capital of two states. If you love all things ancient, mystifying, religious and artistic, then Rome is the best city for you.


Frankfurt, Germany


It may only be the second-largest metropolitan region in Germany but it’s the financial and transport center in continental Europe. For those young people who love the hustle and bustle of an urban life, Frankfurt is a great option.


Cape Town, South Africa


Not too crowded but not too empty Cape Town enjoys a lot of balance. It has some amazing beaches but within a couple kilometers it is also overlooked by several mountain peaks. With a diverse population and plenty of university students this city is a good place for any young person to spend a little time.


Geneva, Switzerland


Considered the “Peace Capital”, it is a global city, a financial center and; of course, a center for diplomacy. It is the most important and famous UN international co-operation center and has been the home to numerous international organizations such as the United Nations and the Red Cross. Another of one of the most expensive cities on this list, it also provides a high quality of life especially to expatriates.


Auckland, New Zealand


If you opt to live in a city which is known for it’s equality despite the diverse cultures and nationalities, then check out Auckland. It ranks 3rd on the most equal place in the world list and 9th in the most livable place.