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

5. Ithaca, N.Y.

Unemployment: 6.4%
Average rent price: $1,034
Median home list price: $276,000

Located in the Finger Lakes region of New York, 16.5% of Ithaca’s commuting residents walk to work — the highest proportion in the U.S. as of 2010. Almost three-quarters of households in Ithaca earned more than $50,000 annually, the eighth-highest income of all 366 cities in the study. More than 93% of residents are covered by health insurance, which is the eighth-highest rate among all cities in the study. The city, which is home to both Ithaca College and Cornell University, has the highest percentage among MSAs of residents over 25 with a graduate or professional degree at 31.2%. With its ample education opportunities, outdoor activities and an environmentally conscious metro area, the city is attractive to millennials.

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