Best Cities for young People
The worlds best cities for young people.
Toronto needs to improve in the category of youth civic participation (it scores 23rd out of 25 cities ranked), but that weakness aside, Toronto is a great place to be a young person today, as well-rounded as major towns come. Among the 16 categories used by YouthfulCities to gauge a citys appeal to young people, Toronto scores in the top five in nine of them: diversity, digital access, youth employment, financial access, economic status, food and nightlife, music and film, fashion and art, and public spaces.
South Koreas capital city has its weaknesses, according to YouthfulCities; it ranked 25th out of 25 major cities studied for its safety and mental health infrastructure among youths, for example. But while Seoul finishes last in one category, it finishes first in another. Seoul is, by YouthfulCities measure, the best city in the world for environmental stability. That means Seouls quality of water, recycling system, carbon emissions per capita and public transit participation is among the tops in the world.
The second of two Asian cities to appear on this list, Tokyos economy makes it a good choice for the worlds youths. According to YouthfulCities, Tokyos overall work atmosphere is more beneficial for its youth than any other surveyed city, meaning the citys employment, employment resources, levels of student debt, minimum wage and housing affordability are at or near the best in the world.
4. Los Angeles
Los Angeles may be as well-rounded as cities come when it comes to serving youths, ranking in the top 10 in half of the 16 categories YouthfulCities used in its survey. Above all, L.A. excels for its entrepreneurial spirit. Palo Alto and Silicon Valley are famously north of L.A., but the City of Angels is no slouch when it comes to startups. According to YouthfulCities, Los Angeles has among the youngest age limits required to register a business, the most early-stage entrepreneurial activity and the best infrastructure to support new companies in the world.
London has a sterling reputation for environmental stability, ranking as the highest-scoring city among the European cities included in this study. Londons hallmark, however, is its diversity. The U.K. capital has the second-most diverse youth population in the world among those aged 15-29, a measure that includes everything from variety of cultures and food choices to languages to vote in and openness to minorities (which includes minorities based on sexual orientation, religion or immigration).
Among YouthfulCities 16 measures, Chicago scores in the top five in six of them, while scoring in the top three in four. Most notably, Chicago excels for its public spaces. Scoring second in the world among major cities, Chicago is a municipal heaven for young people, offering among the best publicly run recreation facilities and publicly run parks and green spaces in the world. Chicago also ranks well for the number of public libraries per capita.
Paris, as a city for young people, is a double-edged sword. Of course it is expensive, routinely scoring as among the priciest places to live on the entire planet. But with cost comes perks. According to Youthful Cities index, Paris is by no small measure the cultural hub of the world, ranking first overall in both fashion and art categories. Paris also ranks first overall for digital access, meaning it offers some of the best mobile phone infrastructure and pricing, as well as having among the most places with free public Wi-Fi in the world.
Recently in the news for the 50th anniversary of JFKs assassination, Dallas has its regrettable reputations it is, for instance, the second-worst city surveyed by YouthfulCities for environmental stability, beat only by Shanghai. But Dallas is still a very modern city, attractive to the worlds youth. The Texas town has the best public spaces (parks, publicly run buildings, etc.) in the world, and scores second in the world for its entrepreneurial atmosphere.
9. New York City
The Big Apple is Americas most attractive city for young people, a place where youth flock to see if they can cut it in the city that never sleeps. And New York is a beacon for young hopefuls for a reason. Civic participation the voting rate and average age of city council members, for instance is tops among all North American or European cities for youth. More notably, New York has the second-best youth employment scene in the world, according to YouthfulCities.
The highest-ranking European city for young people is Berlin, with top scores for its music and film scene, categories surely not lost on those aged 15-29. Berlins greatest claim, however, may be its internal transportation system, which is the best-ranked in the world, according to YouthfulCities. This means Berlins public transit system is among the tops on earth, as are the citys traffic, commute times and availability of bike rentals.
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