Recent college grads better break out the tight pants, ironic t-shirts and, sigh, monocles. According to Niche Ink’s recent survey of some 500,000 college grads over the past four years, combined with U.S. census and other data, the best place for young people to live is New York, specifically northern Brooklyn neighborhood of Greenpoint.
With a median income of $31,703, a low crime rate and 14% population between the age of 25 to 34, New York is a welcoming haven for young people. But it seems like only a very specific class of citizen could afford to live there easily. Just look at the median rent, which is $1,157 per month or $13,884 a year, or around half the after-tax income of someone making the median salary. Greenpoint in particular is also highly educated, with 70% of the population having some college or an associate degree under their belt. It’s also young, with 32% in the 25 to 34 age range, and for Brooklyn, it’s pretty white (77.68% Caucasian — whoops). Plus the neighborhood has a shockingly high ($1,294 per month) median rent, 148% the national average and nearly 112% the NYC average. But it does have a median income of $62,470, around 18.39% above the comparable national rate … so, there’s that.
"Take up more space as a woman. Take up more time. Take your time. You are taught to hide, censor, move about without messing up decorum for a man’s comfort. Whether it’s said or not, you’re taught balance. Forget that. Displease. Disappoint. Destroy. Be loud, be righteous, be messy. Do not see yourself like glass. Like you could get dirty and clean. You are flesh. You are not constant. You change. Society teaches women to maintain balance and that robs us of our volatility. Our mercurial hearts. Calm and chaos. Love only when needed; preserve otherwise."