Austin Out-Employs Dallas for Young Professionals. Is Day-Drinking Now Considered "A Career"?

Forbes posted its list of Top 15 Cities for Young Professionals this month, and Dallas didn't make the cut. The rankings took job growth, employment rate, cost of living and median income into account, so it feels counterintuitive that Austin holds seat number 11 while Dallas warms the bench.

Known more as a place with rich social opportunities than a city where a college graduate can find a decent career, Austin's placement on this list baffles me. But it's easy to stay current with costs of living when you have no rent (couch surfing), get paid in cash at the bar (suck it, taxes!) and can happily sustain yourself on 88-cent tacos from Tamale House (damn, those tacos are delicious).

Actually, none of that sounds terrible. The real question is who wants to live in Des Moines, Iowa?

Here's the full list:

15. Fairfield County, Conn. 14. Little Rock, Ark 13. Greenville, S.C. 12. Boston, Mass 11. Austin, TX 10. Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn. 9. Washington D.C. 8. Colorado Springs, Co 7. Denver, Co 6. Portland, Maine 5. Omaha, Neb 4. Salt Lake City, Utah 3. Madison, Wis 2. Raleigh, N.C. 1. Des Moines, Iowa

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Jamie Laughlin
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