slideshow: the best cities for young Latinos in 2013


slideshow: the best cities for young Latinos in 2013

  • Where are the best cities for young Latinos to live, work, play and fall in love?

    mun2 ranked the country's biggest cities (more than 500,000 people) by how fun, young, low-cost and safe they are. Did your city make the list?
  • 15. San Francisco

    San Francisco is clean, progressive and has lots of options for fun. But it's also an expensive place to live, the crime rate isn't as low as you might think and it doesn't have quite as many young Latinos as other big cities do.
  • 14. Philadelphia

    Despite its affordability, the City of Brotherly Love's high crime rate and relative lack of young Latinos knocks it down several pegs in this list.
  • 13. San Jose

    San Jose is a great destination for anyone looking for a city with good jobs, lots of young Latinos and low crime. Unfortunately, the cost of living in the Silicon Valley can be high and the entertainment options can be limited.
  • 12. San Diego

    Minutes away from Mexico, San Diego has plenty of young Latinos, a low cost of living and a low crime rate. Job growth hasn't been its strong suit over the last few years, which may be a deal-breaker for some.
  • 11. Phoenix

    If you can get over Arizona's controversial anti-immigrant laws, Phoenix has plenty of sunshine, young Latinos, decent entertainment options and a low cost of living. But, again, you've got to get over Arizona's immigrant laws.
  • 10. Boston

    Boston's education options, low uemployment and diversity made it number one in our 2011 list, but this year, it's relative lack of young Latinos and crime rate knocked it down nine spots.
  • 9. Las Vegas

    Las Vegas isn't just a place to gamble and party – the cost of living is low, and there are lots of young Latinos. Of course, the party is just a cab ride away.
  • 8. Dallas

    Dallas has a combination of positives that will catch the eye of many: affordability, plenty of job prospects, and a sizeable population of young Latinos.
  • 7. Houston

    Like Dallas, Houston is one of the most affordable big cities on the list, boasting low rent costs and lots of jobs.
  • 6. Chicago

    Chicago ranks high in entertainment options, sheer number of young Latinos and a relatively low cost of living. It's high crime rate and middling job growth kept the city from reaching the top of the list.
  • 5. Los Angeles

    One of the cities with the highest concentrations of young Latinos, Los Angeles has a low crime rate and top-notch entertainment options, but job growth has stalled in recent years.
  • 4. New York

    New York City's diversity is hard to compete with, and its relatively low crime rate and unparalleled entertainment options make it one of the best cities for young Latinos.
  • 3. Denver

    Over the last few years, Denver has become a popular destination for Latinos, and it's pretty clear why: it does well in every single one of our categories.
  • 2. Austin

    Austin may not have any professional sports teams, but it's home to the University of Texas and a renowned music scene. It also boasts low unemployment, a low cost of living as well as plenty of young residents and diversity.
  • 1. San Antonio

    San Antonio may not be the "sexy" choice when it comes to big cities but it has too many things going for it to be anything but number one: lots of young Latinos, plenty of entertainment options, low cost of living, low crime rate, solid job growth and low rent.
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How we ranked the cities

mun2 identified the largest metropolitan cities with populations over 500,000 residents.

We then analyzed data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, and several large national studies that used similar data to narrow the list.

Next, we analyzed several criteria for our rankings: the percentage of 18-34 year-olds per city, the percentage of Latino residents per city, affordability, housing costs, job growth, entertainment options, access to public transportation, crime rates, and how the city's diversity compares to the national average, among others.

Finally, we weighted how each city scored according to these categories to come up with the final ranking.