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The Top 12 Cities For Millennials To Live, Work And Play

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Once you've settled firmly into adulthood, finding the ideal neighborhood to live means taking into consideration a hodgepodge of factors: rent, crime, nightlife, culture, transportation and more.

The folks over at Niche, a data analysis firm for young adults, have ranked America's top 25 cities (and neighborhoods) for millennials to reside. Niche's experts compiled the rankings by sifting through data from the U.S. Census, FBI crime rates and nearly 500,000 surveys from college students and recent grads. The list is broken down into five categories for each city: percentage of millennials living there (aged 25-34), median rent, median income, crime rate and representative college.

We'll give you a clue to the number-one city for millennials to live: "Girls" is filmed there.

Scroll through the list (below) to see if your city made the top 12, and check out the full list at Niche.

  • 12
    Raleigh, NC
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    Neighborhood: Morrisville (Town)
    % Age 25-34: 14%
    Median Rent: $855
    Median Income: $31,899
    Crime Score: Low
    Representative College: North Carolina State University
  • 11
    San Jose, CA
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    Neighborhood: Old Mountain View
    % Age 25-34: 15%
    Median Rent: $1,454
    Median Income: $37,484
    Crime Score: Low
    Representative College: San Jose State University
  • 10
    San Diego, CA
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    Neighborhood: Little Italy
    % Age 25-34: 15%
    Median Rent: $1,261
    Median Income: $30,196
    Crime Score: Low
    Representative College: University of San Diego
  • 9
    Dallas-Fort Worth, TX
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    Neighborhood: Oak Lawn
    % Age 25-34: 15%
    Median Rent: $874
    Median Income: $29,830
    Crime Score: Below Average
    Representative College: Southern Methodist University
  • 8
    Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN
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    Neighborhood: North Loop
    % Age 25-34: 14%
    Median Rent: $864
    Median Income: $33,511
    Crime Score: Average*
    Representative College: University of Minnesota
  • 7
    Denver, CO
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    Neighborhood: Speer
    % Age 25-34: 15%
    Median Rent: $902
    Median Income: $32,422
    Crime Score: Below Average
    Representative College: University of Denver
  • 6
    Boston, MA
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    Neighborhood: Spring Hill (Somerville)
    % Age 25-34: 13%
    Median Rent: $1,163
    Median Income: $33,659
    Crime Score: Below Average
    Representative College: Boston University
  • 5
    San Francisco, CA
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    Neighborhood: Cow Hollow
    % Age 25-34: 15%
    Median Rent: $1,344
    Median Income: $36,119
    Crime Score: Average
    Representative College: University of San Francisco
  • 4
    Chicago, IL
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    Neighborhood: Wicker Park
    % Age 25-34: 14%
    Median Rent: $931
    Median Income: $30,061
    Crime Score: Average*
    Representative College DePaul University
  • 3
    Washington, D.C.
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    Neighborhood: Clarendon (Arlington)
    % Age 25-34: 15%
    Median Rent: $1,353
    Median Income: $42,226
    Crime Score: Average
    Representative College: Georgetown University
  • 2
    Austin, TX
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    Neighborhood: South River City
    % Age 25-34: 17%
    Median Rent: $936
    Median Income:
    $30,816
    Crime Score: Below Average
    Representative College: University of Texas – Austin
  • 1
    New York City, NY
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    Neighborhood: Greenpoint, Brooklyn
    % Age 25-34: 14%
    Median Rent: $1,157
    Median Income:
    $31,703
    Crime Rate: Low
    Representative College: New York University



*Crime data from the FBI is incomplete for Chicago and Minneapolis-St. Paul, so each were assigned median crime values.