8. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
For a metropolitan area this large, Philadelphia has an impressive amount of culture and history. The city itself has a population of about 1.5 million, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. But, the greater Philadelphia area comprises a region with a staggering population of 6 million people.
Philadelphia is known best for its motto as “the city of brotherly love,” as the home of Benjamin Franklin and its rich American history, according to the Us History website.
Philadelphia was the first capital city of the newly United States, back in the 1700s. And, even though that has changed, the city remains a place of reason and fairness, where men and women may make their mark.
Even the weather is fairly hospitable for a city in the North. Average temperatures range from the high 80s at the height of summer, to the low 20s in the coldest part of winter, according to the Weather Channel.
Philadelphia’s recent growth is accountable in both the arts and economy. Business Insider ranked the city as one of ten in the U.S. with the fastest-growing wages. Currently, per the U.S. Census Bureau, Philadelphia is one of few major U.S. cities where whites are considered a numerical minority.
Home values are on the rise, as they are for many cities on this list. The value of homes in Philadelphia is $107,000, according to Zillow, a very reasonable sum for new graduates or others looking to keep costs down. Rates grew by 3 percent in 2013, and should increase by at least half as much in 2014.
As for the arts, the city’s website notes that downtown Philadelphia is being revitalized through the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts program, as well as Young Involved Philadelphia. Both programs take advantage of the city’s young population to promote growth and artistic expression in the area.