3. Portland, OR
Portland lives up to its Portlandia billing as “the city where young people go to retire,” with organic cuisine, food carts and independent coffee chains galore … and, until recently, a lot of unemployment and underemployment after the city was hit hard by the recession.
But things are looking up for the hipster paradise. According to Frey’s research, the city’s net gains of young workers are up 12% since the recession, and unemployment is on par with the national average.