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A recent list compiled by the financial advice site Money Under 30 has named Salt Lake City as the second best city to live in for the young, broke and single.

The cities were each rated according to their cost of living, singles population and average commute time, among other things.

The cities of choice are spread all over the country, from the Pacific North West to the deep south. Most of which benefit greatly from colleges they house, and a reputation for their growing industries.

20 Minneapolis Minn./Bloomington, Wis.
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Not only is Minneapolis America's fifth highest concentration of Fortune 500 companies, but it's also the third-largest theater market in the U.S.



Money Under 30 was particularly impressed by the city's relatively low unemployment rate of 5.5 percent.

19 Dallas, Texas
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The ninth most populous city in the United States, Dallas is notable for its low cost of living in comparison to other major cities of its size.

18 Boston, Mass.
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One of America's oldest cities, Boston is also one of the birthplaces of hardcore punk music.

17 Orlando, Fla.
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Also known as "Hollywood East," Orlando is attractive to young poor singles because of its warm weather and proximity to Disney World.

16 San Diego, Calif.
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Of the cities surveyed, San Diego has the second highest population of singles aged 18 to 44.

15 Columbia, S.C.
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Home to alternative rock group Band of Horses, Columbia impressed Money Under 30 with its short average commute time.

14 Milwaukee, Wis.
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Sailing on Lake Michigan, windsurfing, kitesurfing, and a plethora of cultural festivals keeps Milwaukee interesting to the poor and single.

13 Washington, DC
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Cost of living may be high, but the nation's capitol has more free museums than you can shake a stick at.

12 Charleston, S.C.
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With over 25 parks and a famous downtown waterfront, Charleston is a far cry from many of the other, more hectic cities on the list.

11 Houston, Texas
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The biggest city in the second largest state attracts young singles because of its well-known cultural diversity.

10 Oklahoma City, Okla.
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Money Under 30 recommends Oklahoma for its employment prospects in the energy industry.

9 Seattle, Wash.
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The birthplace of grunge music and Microsoft, Seattle's rainy reputation is overshadowed by low rent prices and a strong software industry.

8 Des Moines, Iowa
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Rated by Forbes Magazine as no. 1 among “America’s Best Cities for Young Professionals,” Money Under 30 believes Des Moines has overcome its unfortunate reputation for being "boring."

7 New Orleans, La.
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Cajun food and a legendary jazz scene have led Money Under 30 to recommend New Orleans as a great place for financially challenged singles to settle down.

6 Omaha, Neb.
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Not only is this relatively small urban area home to business legend Warren Buffett, but Omaha is home to a noteworthy music scene.

5 Baton Rouge, La.
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Money Under 30 ranked Baton Rouge so high primarily because of its "strong community vibe perpetuated by students at Louisiana State University."

4 Columbus, Oh.
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With the nation’s largest college campus at Ohio State, Columbus gets high marks for its heavy college influence.

3 Durham, N.C.
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Money Under 30 was particularly impressed by Durham's large selection of award winning restaurants and the town's strong research and development-related industries.

2 Salt Lake City, Utah
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Low cost of living, combined with prominent public transportation and a substantially large singles population impressed Money Under 30 enough to give Salt Lake City the no. 2 spot on their list.

1 Austin, Texas
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Famous for its "weirdness," Austin, was awarded the no. 1 spot for its overwhelming number of restaurants, low cost of living and signature music scene.