Los Angeles

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The nation’s second-largest city has much to offer students besides year-round outdoor living. LA ranks second in quality of life, with tons of bars, restaurants, and entertainment venues, which is no surprise, as the business of LA is entertainment. For each entertainer who stands in front of an audience, there are scores of workers behind the scenes, and this offers job opportunities for students seeking to immerse themselves in the entertainment industry. The city has a more diverse than educated population but pulls off a ranking in the top half of major metros for demographics. A concern would be a poor economic climate and labor-market conditions for future employment.

#7 Los Angeles

POPULATION: 13,262,157
STUDENTS: 1,161,228
RANKING DETAIL:
#12 COLLEGE EDUCATED
#5 DIVERSITY

Quality of life

#8 CITY ACCESS
#1 ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
#5 BARS AND RESTAURANTS

Economics

#12 YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT
#12 LABOR FORCE
#10 INNOVATION
#12 RENT

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