There are many words that come to mind when you think of Dallas. "Barbecue," for one. A lot of traffic-related phrases too, like "road construction," "highway overpasses" or "valet parking."
But three surprising adjectives connected to Dallas are "young," "broke" and "single," at least according to Money Under 30, a website aiming to help 20-somethings with financial planning. Money Under 30 put together a list of the best 20 cities in the country for people to live in if their young, broke and single, using criteria such as cost of living, unemployment, number of bars and others. The idea is to find a city that makes for a good place to launch a career and find true love, all on the cheap.
The Big D makes it in the 19th slot on the list (take that, Minneapolis/St. Paul/Bloomington). All the cities share a few traits, like being big college or university hubs. Apparently Texas has more cities than any other state that are well-suited for the "YBS." Houston makes the cut, and Austin is at the very top of the list, which probably surprises no one.
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That cities like Seattle and New Orleans trump Dallas is also predictable. But there are others on the list that may surprise you, especially if you meet one or more of the conditions of being YBS. Omaha, Nebraska, for example, is ranked higher than both Seattle and New Orleans, thanks to its bustling music scene and employment opportunities (Newsweek ranked the Omaha as one of the country's 10 tech cities back in 2001). Durham, North Carolina, and Columbus, Ohio, ranked third and fourth respectively, are another pair with small populations but fertile territory for the youthful and unattached.
These metrics are questionable though. "Fun" may be a hard thing to quantify, but surely there are more variables to take into account than just the number of bars. Maybe the number of miniature golf courses? Any list is suspect when Baton Rouge, Louisiana, scores higher than New Orleans. Regardless of your age, income or relationship status, surely that's something we can agree on.
The full list follows:
1 Austin, TX 2 Salt Lake City, UT 3 Durham, NC 4 Columbus, OH 5 Baton Rouge, LA 6 Omaha, NE 7 New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 8 Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA 9 Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 10 Oklahoma City, OK 11 Houston, TX 12 Charleston-N, Charleston, SC 13 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA 14 Milwaukee-Waukesha, WI 15 Columbia, SC 16 San, Diego, CA 17 Orlando, FL 18 Boston, MA 19 Dallas, TX 20 Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI