1. Washington, D.C.
Jumping from #33 to #1 on the list, Washington D.C. and its surrounding suburbs may have gotten a post-recession boost from Obama’s popularity among the 20-something set … though plentiful job opportunities didn’t hurt either.
The D.C. metro area boasts a low unemployment level of 5.4%, compared to the national average of 7.3%. Goes to show that despite D.C.’s high rent prices and the fact that the area’s traffic is consistently ranked as the worst in the country, young people are drawn to knowledge-based jobs in government and large corporations headquartered in the area, like Booz Allen Hamilton (BAH), Northrup Grumman (NOC) and MedStar Health.