The Best U.S. Cities to Be in Your 20s

Lifestyle 08.03.23
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The Best U.S. Cities to Be in Your 20s

You might not be “thirty, flirty, and thriving” yet, but being in your twenties can be just as fun! While your twenties can be an awkward time with post-college graduation, finding a job, and discovering life living on your own, there are so many great reasons to celebrate this season of life!

Whether you're looking to make a love connection, start a career, or simply live your best life on a budget, there's a city out there that's perfect for you. So, to help you decide where to make your next move, the team here at Fashion Nova did some digging to find which cities are the best for experiencing your twenties. 

From bustling urban centers to laid-back college towns, we've got you covered!

The Best Cities to Experience Your 20s

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U.S. map plotting out the best 20 cities to experience your 20s in.

Are you looking for a city that knows how to party? This Wisconsin city has got you covered! With so many bars and breweries to enjoy, you'll never run out of places to grab a drink and chat with friends in Madison, WI. 

So, gather your squad and get ready to paint the town red - just don't forget to hydrate along the way! Not to mention that the city's many brunch spots will be there to help you back on your feet when you're nursing that inevitable hangover.

If you're single and ready to mingle, Tucson, AZ, should be at the top of your list. With a population of over 43% singles, this city is the perfect place for those who want to meet new people and have a good time. 

In addition to its thriving singles scene, Tucson is also home to many beautiful outdoor views. With plenty of parks for hiking, biking, and exploring, you'll never run out of exciting first-date ideas in this stunning city.

Ready to jumpstart your career? Durham, NC is the place to be. With the highest number of entry-level jobs per 100,000 residents, the Bull City is the perfect place for any boss babe to gain experience and start climbing the career ladder. Plus, with a lower cost of living than many other major U.S. cities, you won't have to break the bank to get started.

They say money can't buy happiness, but in El Paso, TX, it sure can buy a lot of fun! With low costs for everything from utilities to rent, you can live like a king (or queen) on a pauper's budget. So, why not treat yourself to that fancy dinner you've had your eye on, or take a weekend vacation to explore the nearby sights? 

You work hard for your money, so why not enjoy it to the fullest?

Closing Thoughts

So there you have it – four fantastic cities perfect for living your best life in your twenties! Whether you're looking to party the night away in Madison, mingle with singles in Tucson, climb the corporate ladder in Durham, or live like a queen in El Paso, these cities have something for everyone.

No matter which city you choose, one thing's for sure: you'll need a killer wardrobe to take on all the fun and excitement. Luckily, Fashion Nova has the latest trends and styles that we guarantee will turn heads wherever you go. 

So what are you waiting for? Get shopping, grab your squad, and get ready to make a move in style!


In order to identify the best cities in the U.S. for twenty-somethings, we started with a list of the 100 most populous cities. We then identified 20 factors relevant to 20-year-olds in the budgeting, entertainment, lifestyle, and career categories. 

We assigned cities with a score of 0 to 5 for each factor, with a score of 5 representing the most favorable conditions for 20-year-olds. We determined each city’s total score from the total of its individual factor scores, which were weighted according to their impact on 20-year-olds. Individual factor scores were then added together to give each city a final score from 0 to 100. Higher scores indicated cities are better for 20-year-olds. A complete list of factors is below: 

Best Cities to Be in Your 20s - Methodology

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