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Kansas City makes list of best places for young people to ‘get rich’

Young people at the Power & Light District usually find something to celebrate.
Young people at the Power & Light District usually find something to celebrate. kmyers@kcstar.com

Young college graduates looking to make good money — and not have to spend it all on rent — should try Kansas City, according to a list of “Best U.S. cities for young people to get rich.”

The ranking by the website Money Under 30 makes sense for up and comers focused on finances over fun. The site sifted the latest Census data to find cities that combined a low cost of living, a healthy median income and low unemployment rate for residents with college degrees, and a high percentage of people under 25 making at least $35,000 a year.

Kansas City’s numbers were good for the last spot on the Top 10 list — median rent of $851 and a cost of living 85% the national average; for college graduates, median income of $50,853 and 2.4 percent unemployment; and 46% of under-25 residents making more than $35,000.

And most of the No. 1 through 9 places were not, shall we say, world champion cities — or even major league.

True, it’s probably easier to save money living in the list’s No. 1-6 leaders: South Bend, Ind.; Springfield, Ill.; Shreveport, La.; Des Moines and Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and Harrisburg, Pa.

And the scenery is breathtaking around No. 7 Ogden, Utah, and there is one other big city on the list, Cincinnati at No. 8.

But if Notre Dame football, watching corn grow or the Topeka-like excitement of living in a state capital doesn’t exactly thrill you, No. 10 Kansas City sound like the place to be.

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