There’s a whole world out there for startup jobs

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Moving On Up

Whether it’s the college loan crisis or twerking, the media always manage to scare up some ugly data points to forecast doom about today’s kids. One number in particular stands out – 21.6 million 18- to 31-year-olds are still living with their parents.

If you’re looking to land a great startup job, move out of the basement, and hit the big city, your options aren’t just New York and San Francisco. Check out seven cities you might have overlooked.

Atlanta, GA

With over a dozen Fortune 500 companies headquartered here, and the world’s busiest airport, there’s no shortage of access or people to meet. Mailchimp’s based here and Buckhead and other neighborhoods are teeming with techies. It’s half the cost of living of Manhattan, not to mention a lot warmer in the winter. Just don’t call it Hotlanta.

Denver, CO

With a high population of twenty-somethings and the most bars per capita in the U.S., Denver is a great city for socializing. It’s surrounded by mountains and a perfect place for a recent grad to avoid stress – it’s also home to its own growing tech scene, in addition to neighboring Boulder less than an hour away.

Austin, TX

The unemployment is low, the energy is high, and there are plenty of other recent grads to enjoy the big music scene with. Dell and IBM are both headquartered here, as Austin’s tech industry has been on a steady climb since the 1980s. Of course, not having to travel to SXSW is another perk.

Ann Arbor, MI

A city of art and fun, Ann Arbor is a great place for anybody not ready to leave that undergrad atmosphere just yet. Google recently opened a hub here, and MHacks is reportedly the largest hackathon in the world. Twitter’s Dick Costolo, Google’s Larry Page, and iPod (and Nest) maestro Tony Fadell all studied here. That Midwestern charm doesn’t hurt either, of course.

Columbus, OH

It’s entrepreneurial, it’s young, and it’s certainly one of the cheaper places in the U.S. to live. Columbus has a low unemployment rate and lots of potential for recent grads looking to settle down. Settling down near a massive university (OSU is ranked 3rd in total US enrollment) is usually a pretty safe bet.

Vancouver, Canada

Head to America’s polite neighbor to the north. Low cost of living and breathtaking nature await you in Vancouver. If you like to ski and love snow, this is the place for you. With startups like HootSuite and Mobify in town, tech is booming.

Vienna, Austria

Brush up on your German. And it’s not Berlin we’re talking about. Beautiful, historical, and surprisingly cheap to live in, Vienna is pretty much every young person’s dream. The city is also quickly becoming a major tech hub – you’ll just have to sort out the visa stuff first.

But remember, when you’re living on your own, Mom’s not going to do your laundry for you.

Now go forth (and get a move on).