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  • Median earnings for full-time workers under 25 (adjusted): $29,517
  • Median earnings for full-time workers under 25 (unadjusted): $33,000
  • Median earnings for all full-time workers (unadjusted): $60,000
  • Proportion of population under 25: 31.7%
  • Cost of living: 12% above average

The Pacific Northwest metropolitan area of Seattle is well known as a technology hub. While it has the highest cost of living of all the metros on this list (tied with Boston), the metro area attracts young people with plenty of high-paying jobs, especially in the tech sector. Washington also has no state income tax, which helps to offset the area’s high cost of living.

A number of Fortune 500 companies including Amazon, Starbucks, and Nordstrom, are headquartered in or near Seattle. In their spare time, young Seattle residents can visit art museums, hike in the nearby Cascade Mountains, and explore the city’s vibrant nightlife.

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