Boise continues to rack up accolades for being the best city in America.  It seems like almost every week, Boise or another Treasure Valley city makes a top ten list for some reason or another...and it has happened again. Boise is the second best city for young professionals

Congratulations if you're a young professional and live in Boise, because according to Forbes Magazine, Boise is the 2nd best city in America for young professionals.  I know what you are thinking...but wait, salaries in Boise are some of the lowest in the U.S. when compared to other larger or same sized cities.  Apparently our lower salaries are balanced out due to the low cost of living.

This is what Forbes had to say about Boise making the list:

"The most surprising may be No. 2 Boise, Idaho, which makes the list thanks to strong job growth projections and a high percentage of adults with college degrees. Boise also ranked 13th on our list of the best places for business, in part due to its fast-growing tech sector. Government and business, however, remain the strongest sectors."

You will notice that Boise is the only non major large city to make the top 5.

Here are the top 10 cities:

  1. Salt Lake City, Utah

Recent grad median salary: $50,500

Median rent as share of median salary: 17%

Unemployment rate: 3.4%

Projected annual job growth: 1.56%

Adults with bachelor’s degrees or higher: 40%

Population aged 20 to 29: 13%

   2. Boise, Idaho

Recent grad median salary: $45,700

Median rent as share of median salary: 22%

Unemployment rate: 4.2%

Projected annual job growth: 1.87%

Adults with bachelor’s degrees or higher: 43% (5)

Population aged 20 to 29: 13%

   3. San Francisco, Ca.

Recent grad median salary: $68,400 (2)

Median rent as share of median salary: 12% (5)

Unemployment rate: 2.4% (1)

Projected annual job growth: 2.00%

Adults with bachelor’s degrees or higher: 47% (2)

Population aged 20 to 29: 14%

4. Phoenix, Arizona

Recent grad median salary: $50,400

Median rent as share of median salary: 21%

Unemployment rate: 3.6%

Projected annual job growth: 2.97% (2)

Adults with bachelor’s degrees or higher: 37%

Population aged 20 to 29: 15%

5. Denver, Co.

Recent grad median salary: $52,800

Median rent as share of median salary: 10% (1)

Unemployment rate: 3.5%

Projected annual job growth: 3.30% (1)

Adults with bachelor’s degrees or higher: 37%

Population aged 20 to 29: 14%

Rounding out the rest of the top ten in order:

  1. Raleigh, NC
  2. Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN
  3. Columbus, OH
  4. San Jose, CA
  5. Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI

Here’s the full list of the top 100 cities for Young Professionals

 According to Forbes, the list of America’s best cities for young professionals were ranked based on six metrics that are crucial to recent graduates:

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Congratulations again Boise for hitting another list and showing once again why we live in such an amazing place.  I really think our secret is officially out.

Check out this video on why Boise is so great with tech workers....