2. Denver, CO
Denver remains a popular choice for young job seekers — both before and after the recession, it had net migrations of about 11,000 young workers.
Denver’s central location in the country makes it an attractive distribution hub, which brings jobs in the city’s main industries: aerospace, telecommunications and tech. At 6.5%, unemployment is slightly below the national average, and the city is sixth on Forbes’ “Best Places for Business and Careers” list.