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Top 15 cities for young Latinos: Austin and Dallas beat Houston

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Mun2 (pronounced Mundos), a cable network aimed at young Latinos, announced the top cities for this growing demographic.

“Young Latinos are driving the population growth. They are going to play a very important role in our economy and pop culture. We wanted to get the best information available as they are making some of the most important decisions of their lives.” said Jose Marquez, vice president interactive strategy.

Most of the research focused on jobs, the number one concern of young Latinos. Mun2 only looked at cities with 500,000 residents or more and analyzed criteria from 16 different federal government sources.

  1. Boston
  2. Austin
  3. Denver
  4. New York
  5. Phoenix
  6. Los Angeles
  7. Dallas
  8. Chicago
  9. San Diego
  10. Tucson
  11. Houston
  12. San Jose
  13. San Antonio
  14. El Paso
  15. Las Vegas

1. Boston  
Boston ranks ahead of the rest when it comes to the city’s overall young population, the percentage of singles, overall diversity, low unemployment, and the college graduation rates of Latinos in the state.
Residents 18-34 40%
Percent Latino 17.5%
avg. Salary $56,560
Median Rent $1,161
Unemployment Rate 6.6%
Single Men 53.1%
Single Women 58.6%

2. Austin  A city known for its exceptional music scene, Austin also has the most residents with college degrees, and ranks high when it comes to affordability, low unemployment, young residents and diversity.
Residents 18-34 35%
Percent Latino 35.1%
avg. Salary $46,130
Median Rent $860
Unemployment Rate 6.7%
Single Men 45.9%
Single Women 37.8%

 3. Denver
Denver has become one of the most Latino cities in the country and ranks high when it comes to a sizeable young population, diversity and solid Latino college graduation rates (state).
Residents 18-34 31%
Percent Latino 34
avg. Salary $49,440
Median Rent $779
Unemployment Rate 8.5
Single Men 43.2%
Single Women 34.7%

4. New York
The original multi-culti city is still a great place for young Latinos to call home, ranking number one when it comes to safety, and high when it comes to singles, the number of colleges/universities and Latino graduation rates (state).
Residents 18-34 28%
Percent Latino 29%
avg. Salary $55,080
Median Rent $1029
Unemployment Rate 8.3%
Single Men 44.5%
Single Women 39.2%

5. Phoenix
Despite bad press because of harsh state anti-immigrant laws, Phoenix is still one of the country’s most Latino cities, ranking as the youngest and sunniest on our list, and as one of the best for minority entrepreneurs.
Residents 18-34 47%
Percent Latino 43.2%
avg. Salary $43,450
Median Rent $824
Unemployment Rate 8%
Single Men 40.6%
Single Women 31.8%

6. Los Angeles  
One of the oldest “Latino cities”, L.A. ranks high when it comes to income growth over time, and solidly when it comes to a high percentage of singles, low crime and opportunities for young entrepreneurs.
Residents 18-34 28%
Percent Latino 48.5%
avg. Salary  $50,120
Median Rent  $1029
Unemployment Rate 11.1%
Single Men 46.4%
Single Women 38.8%

7. Dallas  
Home to more Fortune 500 companies than any other city, Dallas is a city where young Latinos can work hard and play hard, ranking high when it comes to opportunities for minority entrepreneurs, affordability and low rent.
Residents 18-34 29%
Percent Latino 43.1%
avg. Salary  $46,860
Median Rent  $773
Unemployment Rate 7.9%
Single Men 42.3%
Single Women 34.5%

8. Chicago
Artsy and historical, Chicago will draw in ambitious young Latinos because of its solid rankings when it comes to high average salaries, income growth over time, the number of colleges and universities, singles and Latino college graduation rates (state).
Residents 18-34 30%
Percent Latino 27.3%
avg. Salary  $48,490
Median Rent  $866
Unemployment Rate 9.5%
Single Men 48.9%
Single Women 43.3%

9. San Diego  
A short weekend trip away from Mexico, beachy San Diego ranks well when it comes to safety, young people, good salaries, income growth over time and Latino college graduation rates (state).
Residents 18-34 31%
Percent Latino 28.6%
avg. Salary $50,200
Median Rent $1226
Unemployment Rate 9.6%
Single Men 43%
Single Women 34%

10. Tucson
Tucson ranks solidly when it comes to affordable rent, low unemployment and great weather.
Residents 18-34 29%
Percent Latino 39.5%
avg. Salary $42,160
Median Rent $675
Unemployment Rate 7.8%
Single Men 42.3%
Single Women 34%

11. Houston
Houston is the top city for minorities looking to start their own businesses and the most affordable to live in.
Residents 18-34 29%
Percent Latino 42.4%
avg. Salary $46,290
Median Rent $776
Unemployment Rate 8.2%
Single Men 40.1%
Single Women 32.7%

12. San Jose
In the heart of Silicon Valley, San Jose is ideal for young Latinos looking for a city that pays the highest average salaries per worker, and ranks high when it comes to the number of residents with college degrees, low crime and Latino college graduation rates (state).
Residents 18-34 25%
Percent Latino 32.6%
avg. Salary $68,658
Median Rent $1,304
Unemployment Rate 9.9%
Single Men 37.1%
Single Women 29.3%

13. San Antonio  
San Antonio is one of the most affordable cities on our list, with high rankings when it comes to good opportunities for minority entrepreneurs, low rent, low crime and a low unemployment rate.
Residents 18-34 26%
Percent Latino 61.5%
avg. Salary $39,410
Median Rent $730
Unemployment Rate 7.3%
Single Men 36.7%
Single Women 30.6%

14. El Paso  
Don’t let the proximity to violence-plagued Juarez put you off. El Paso remains a solid city for young Latinos looking for affordability, steady income growth, the lowest rent costs and great weather.
Residents 18-34 24%
Percent Latino 80.5%
avg. Salary $35,120
Median Rent $730
Unemployment Rate 10%
Single Men 32.7%
Single Women 38.2%

15. Las Vegas
Las Vegas offers young Latinos more than an endless party, ranking high when it comes to diversity, income growth over time and great weather.
Residents 18-34 23%
Percent Latino 31.5%
avg. Salary, all occupations $40,740
Median Rent $1,034
Unemployment Rate 12.4%
Single Men 33.6%
Single Women 24.9%

For a more in-depth look at the list and to view an interactive slideshow go to:
http://www.mun2.tv/news/the-15-best-cities-for-young-latinos

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