It’s no secret that major cities like Los Angeles, Miami, and New York are ever-popular destinations for the lifestyle and opportunities they afford. But if you dig a little deeper, you’ll find that there are a number of smaller, up-and-coming cities that offer all of the opportunities of their more populated counterparts, often for a fraction of the price.
People are increasingly flocking to the following cities for the lifestyle, culture, and job opportunities they provide, so be sure to keep your eye on them if you want to capitalize on their opportunities before too many people catch wind of 'em.
Move over, Las Vegas, your decidedly less flashy and more relaxing neighbor, Reno, is taking over. Don’t get us wrong, Reno boasts plenty of opportunities for those seeking a bustling club or headliner shows, but it’s also perfect for chill, outdoor activities, like tubing down the Truckee River. Plus, Silicon Valley has set its sights on the city, bringing lots of tech companies and the money that comes with them to the local economy.
St. Paul, Minnesota
Sure, Minneapolis is great, but the lesser-known St. Paul may be even more worthy of your attention. This funky little town is a treasure trove of hipster delights, offering groovy bars, hip cafes, and abundant loft-style apartments. And the abandoned factory-turned-urban farm on the East Side that grows hydroponic kale and offers a distillery cocktail room pretty much epitomizes this town’s hipster flavor.
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Typically, wherever the good beer flows is where people go, and this is especially true for Grand Rapids. This city boasts around 40 brewpubs and breweries, with twice as many if you venture just outside of town. In addition to killer beer, the city’s proximity to agricultural diversity makes it a hub of tasty, fresh, and seasonal farm-to-table food. And once you enjoy a good meal, you can head to a top-notch museum to get your culture fix, such as the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts or Grand Rapids Art Museum.
In recent years, Louisville has committed to revitalizing old neighborhoods and bringing new businesses in, and it most definitely shows. ChurchKey, a church-turned-Cajun restaurant that offers bocce ball, bourbon, and beignets, is a prime example of that. You can also head down to Whiskey Row for a drink or five, visiting the eight walkable distilleries that offer plenty of craft bourbon for the sampling.
Don’t let shows like The Wire scare you away from the fun and flavor that Baltimore has to offer. This thriving city is undergoing a creative renaissance, catching the eyes of artists and entrepreneurs who are increasingly arriving to move the city forward. Whether you’re looking for traditional culture at the Baltimore Museum of Art or counter-culture, like the American Visionary Art Museum, which provides a platform for self-taught artists, Baltimore is full of fun for art and culture lovers.
Greenville, South Carolina
No doubt that Asheville and Charleston are top destinations in South Carolina, but Greenville definitely deserves a spot on the list. In addition to 300 days of beautiful weather and endless miles of hike and bike trails, the city’s mayor recently passed initiatives to create low-rent studios for artists along the river. The city is also home to several awesome festivals, like the four-day food-and-wine festival Euphoria and the art-and-food fest Artisphere.
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