AOL Real Estate has ranked DC as the fifth best city in the country for young people. DC trailed Cincinnati, Seattle, Baton Rouge and Minneapolis. This 5th place ranking is a couple of positions lower than CNN's 2nd place ranking last year.
The criteria used by AOL Real Estate in establishing these rankings includes: starting salaries for college graduates; cost of living; and percentage of residents in their 20s. DC had higher than average cost of living scores but excelled in starting salaries that are 17% higher than national averages and low unemployment rates.
District neighborhoods popular with young people where more affordable housing option are available include Columbia Heights, Shaw and the H Street Corridor.