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24/7 Wall St.: The Best Cities for Young Adults

2. Chapel Hill, N.C.

Unemployment: 7.4%
Average rent price: $1,260
Median home list price: $219,900

Some 4% of Chapel Hill, N.C., residents use public transportation in their commute and 3.7% walk — both rates among the highest in the country and likely contributing to the attractiveness of the city. In addition, the city is home to UNC Chapel Hill, the oldest public university in the U.S., which along with Raleigh (NCSU) and Durham (Duke) form North Carolina’s “research triangle.” Consequently, nearly 20% of the metro region’s residents have a graduate degree, nearly double the national average. The city’s appeal does not end there. According to, the city is full of attractions, including museums, arboretums and a variety of restaurants.

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