Atlanta Ranked 9th Best for Young Professionals

June 22,2010

Metro Atlanta is the ninth-best American city for young professionals, according to

Forbes created its rankings based on factors such as cost of living, the number of large companies an area is home to, the number of elite graduates the city has, the city’s average income and the city’s unemployment levels.

Here’s how Atlanta fared:

* Cost of Living rank -- 16
* Large Companies rank -- 9
* Elite Graduates rank -- 10
* Average Income rank --18
* Unemployment rank -- 29

The top 10 cities for young professionals, in order, are Houston, Washington, D.C., Minneapolis- St. Paul, New York, Boston, Dallas, Seattle, Denver, Atlanta and Austin.