Yahoo had an interesting piece on the trends shaping the major metropolitan areas in the U.S. this week. The cities with the greatest potential for the future were highlighted for a variety of different reasons.
Seattle came in as the top destination for your professionals, based on the entertainment/night life and employment opportunities. This isn't a big surprise to us as the technology and related markets continue to drive a large relocation to the area of highly-trained and highly-educated workers. That influx has certainly helped push up the prices of Seattle homes in recent months. From the article:
Seattle, WA, will be the best place to be a young professional
Seattle gained momentum back in the ‘90s when Kurt Cobain started the grunge trend and a little coffee shop called Starbucks began to gain traction.
Today the city continues to attract young people and was recently ranked the best place for young professionals to thrive, according to mobile events company timeRAZOR, thanks to its high number of bars and restaurants (numbering over 6,000) and its high median income (the average college graduate there earns $53,185 annually).
Seattle was also ranked one of the 10 Cities with the Fastest Growing Wages in America. Home to major corporations Microsoft, Amazon, and Boeing, and tech startups like Facebook and Zynga (which recently opened offices there), the city will continue to attract young, creative professionals in the next few decades.
Data Source: NWMLS - The Northwest Multiple Listing Service did not compile or publish this information.