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Top 9 Exciting Suburbs For the Young

By Brian Kline | February 20, 2014

Evanston, Illinois might not be on your bucket list but it ranks in the top nine suburbs in the nation. This suburb is full of nightlife with 32% of the population made up of 20-to-34-year-olds in a nation that is growing older with the aging of baby boomers. Besides ample live music venues, Evanston is among the few suburbs with the fewest fast food restaurants. Instead, favoring high quality independent eateries for late night grub.

San Jose, California probably isn't your vacation destination but the suburb of Santa Clara is a happening spot. The number of karaoke joints is mind boggling for a suburb. Santa Clara also boasts to having California's Great America Theme Park. While it might not be among the country's destination theme parks, it certainly outranks your average suburban carnival.

Most people think of Arizona as a retirement state. However, the suburb of Tempe has one of the youngest populations with a full 44% of the population being between the ages of 20 and 34. These people also enjoy some of the hottest after dark nightlife and demand fresh food restaurants over fast food when the stars are out.

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Jacksonville Beach, Florida probably isn't a surprise for this list. This is a suburb for people wanting an active life. Features include beaches, water parks, golf, and lots of nightlife. According to, one of the more important lifestyle criteria for suburbs is restaurants run by a chef instead of a national chain. These aren't fancy gourmet restaurants. This is comfort food with chef quality ingredients and preparation.

When it comes to excitement generated by the young, San Marcos, Texas makes the list. Nicknamed San Marvelous, this small city is home to Texas State University. This city offers everything from glass bottom boat tours to exploring caves. At the end of an active day, there is a wealth of taverns and eateries to keep your attention awake well into the night.

With only 22% of the population in the 20 to 34 age range, you wouldn't expect Lakewood, Michigan to score high for an active lifestyle but it does. This Cleveland suburb boasts lots of activity along the Lake Erie shoreline. This includes the Lakewood Park and the Rocky River Reservation. The nightlife scene takes place along Madison and Detroit Avenues. One aspect setting Lakewood apart from most other towns is the number of venues specializing in both up scale food and unique brews.

Manhattan, Kansas is nicknamed "The Little Apple" and is home to Kansas State University with young people making up 43% of the population. One of their claims to fame is a made up holiday they call "Fake Patty's Day" This celebration takes place before the real holiday. This party takes place in Manhattan's cultural hub named Aggieville.

Keeping things exciting in the New Brunswick, New Jersey nightlife are bars and restaurants serving unusual foods such as wild boar, rattlesnake, and kangaroo. Home to Rutgers University, this city also boosts and unusually young population with 41% of the crowd between 20 and 34.

It may surprise you but Hoboken New Jersey has the most young people compared to the places researched. With a full 46% of the population between the ages of 20 and 34, this city has thriving nightlife. The bar scene is especially popular with these young people. However, they like to eat well with only a miniscule 2.5% of the city's restaurants being of the fast food variety. In fact, the restaurant La Isla's beat out Booby Flay on the TV show Iron Chef.

So, when you're traveling around the country and looking for a few hot nightspots and cities with an active lifestyle these are some worth checking out.

PhotoAuthor bio: Brian Kline has been investing in real estate for more than 30 years and writing about real estate investing for seven years. He also draws upon 25 plus years of business experience including 12 years as a manager at Boeing Aircraft Company. Brian currently lives at Lake Cushman, Washington. A vacation destination, a few short miles from a national forest in the Olympic Mountains with the Pacific Ocean a couple of miles in the opposite direction.


Brian Kline has been investing in real estate for more than 30 years and writing about real estate investing for seven years with articles listed on Yahoo Finance, Benzinga, and uRBN. Brian is a regular contributor at Realty Biz News
  • 2 comments on “Top 9 Exciting Suburbs For the Young”

    1. Hi Brian. I just wanted to reach out and suggest that you may be referring to Lakewood, Ohio as opposed to Michigan. Great article! Tim

      1. Thanks Tim,
        That could well be. I can't personally visit all of the locations and my reference materiel might have been in error.

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