The Southwest has become the new frontier for young Americans — the region that offers the widest range of opportunities for men and women getting started in their careers.
Four metropolitan areas in the Southwest, led by No. 1 Austin and No. 2 Houston, are among America’s seven best places for young adults, according to new rankings by On Numbers.
Dallas-Fort Worth and Oklahoma City are the other high-rated Southwestern entries, ranking fifth and seventh, respectively.
Albuquerque, however, did not place high in the rankings, coming in at No. 51.
On Numbers analyzed 65 metros with populations above 800,000, searching for qualities that would appeal to workers in their 20s and early 30s. The study’s 10-part formula gave superior marks to places with strong growth rates, moderate costs of living, and substantial pools of young adults who are college-educated and employed. (See the database at the end of this link for top-to-bottom rankings, along with selected statistics.)
As a young business owner who has enjoyed significant success due to my partnership with Coldwell Banker Legacy and strong/strengthening local economy, I agree that Albuquerque offers young adults many great opportunities to shine and stand out from their peers. Success in Albuquerque is not necessarily easy to come by, but when it is achieved, it is widely recognized throughout the community. Personally, the success I have enjoyed has allowed me the privilege of being honored by New Mexico Business Weekly as one of the top business persons under forty years old, I was a featured Realtor in Albuquerque The Magazine, and I have been recognized by many charities and boards as a person of influence. In a larger business community, my success may not have been noticed. Albuquerque is a great place to start a career, an amazing place to call home, and am personally proud to call it home.