The online story, http://greatist.com/health/best-cities-for-twenties/#, ranks our city highly because of our value proposition, clean city recognition and again, the Balloon Fiesta helps us make the list. Albuquerque’s high percentage of natural space within the city was a positive as well.
Other cities on the list included Austin, Boston, Boulder, Burlington, VT, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Honolulu, Madison, WI, New York, Philadelphia, Portland, Sacramento, San Diego, San Jose, Seattle, Phoenix and Washington D.C.
See the list here: http://greatist.com/health/best-cities-for-twenties/#
How they ranked the cities: We ran the cities through a lengthy ranking process to determine how we would define “best.” As a team, we compiled a list of what we (as 20-somethings) desired in a city to visit or move to. We then scoured the web for stats, polls, and surveys about metropolitan areas from Gallup, Sperling, and tourism bureaus. Once entered into one master spreadsheet, we pulled the top 30 cities then searched for unique attractions and facts about each to narrow down to our final 20. Our ranking took into account everything from health and wellness (gyms, walkability of streets, obesity statistics), to sustainability (air quality, recycling practices), to fun and affordability (happy hours, breweries, employment). Not every city scored impeccably for each factor, but made the list for stand out stats in certain categories. And while the U.S. is made up of a ton of awesome cities, we chose to highlight these 20.