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The Best Cities for Young Professionals

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Houston, Texas

Houston is home to a long list of Fortune 500 companies including ConocoPhillips, Marathon Oil and several other energy companies. Plus the cost of living in Houston is 38 percent lower than the average among large metro areas, according to the Greater Houston Partnership.

Unemployment rate: 8.8%
Average income: $45,835
Number of Fortune 500 companies: 24
Metro area median rent: $970
Gas: $209
Dining out: $302

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