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Milwaukee ranks for young professionals


OnMilwaukee.com is a founding member of the MMAC's Young Professionals of Milwaukee (YPM). Now called Fuel Milwaukee, the organization has made great strides in positioning the region as a prime place for younger talent. It has done the little and big things necessary to recruit and retain people to the greater Milwaukee area.

As a founding Fuel Milwaukee member and a past president, it makes me proud to announce that forbes.com has ranked Milwaukee as the ninth best city in its "Best Cities For Young Professionals" list. We beat out such places as Seattle, Denver, Atlanta, Dallas and Los Angeles.

Forbes "ranked the country's 40 biggest metros on economic opportunity for up-and-coming young professionals to gauge which cities are attracting the next generation of top business talent." It adjusted its data for population. That way, said the magazine, "overachieving smaller cities like Milwaukee (ninth place), Austin, Texas (ninth) and Minneapolis (fifth) can hang with behemoths like New York (fourth) or Chicago (sixth)."

Here's what it said about Milwaukee:

Milwaukee might not be a leading innovator, but it has the fifth-highest concentration of top companies in the country, by our count. And those jobs pay. Despite a below-average cost of living, salaries paid to professionals are comfortably above the national average, at $54,169. Sweetening the deal further, the city is in the top quartile for its population of never-married citizens between 20 and 35.

On June 30, the Milwaukee region claimed two of the top 10 spots as Forbes declared Ozaukee and Waukesha counties as No. 2 and No. 8 Best Places in the U.S. to raise a family. Forbes stated that all of the counties on its Top 20 list earned "high marks for their low cost of living, reasonably priced homes and short commute times."


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Coldwake81 | July 16, 2008 at 9:59 a.m. (report)

Exit... believe it or not there are actually other factors that can override our desire for better mass transit! Plus despite some perceptions there are actually a great number of excellent companies for young professionals to work at here in the Milwaukee area! Now stop being a Debbie Downer! ;-)

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Downtowner | July 14, 2008 at 11:48 a.m. (report)

There are plenty of jobs in Milwaukee, and we are located within 25 percent of the U.S. population ... close to Chicago, have 36 Fortune 500 firms (fifth highest in the nation on per capita basis), close to 3 airports, have 7 pro sports teams and 100+ post secondary schools. Need more facts? Low commute times Low housing costs -- median home price is only $151,000. Milwaukee area home to most "best places to work" firms Located on the largest fresh body of water in the world

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TheyThink | July 14, 2008 at 10:59 a.m. (report)

Unfortunately, exit_320, OMC wasn't calling it like it is...it was Forbes Magazine, a fairly well-respected magazine calling it like is it. Evidently they don't feel that a lack of a light rail system makes or breaks the quality of jobs/life in a city. Get a clue!

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exit_320 | July 13, 2008 at 1:36 a.m. (report)

What an f'ing joke. There aren't enough jobs in Milwaukee to keep young professionals. This would be a great place if we had a good transit system and jobs, but we have neither.. and with Miller leaving for Chicago it is going to get even worse.. Let's call it like it is OMC...

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AJR Journal | July 12, 2008 at 7:55 p.m. (report)

Forbes also named Milwaukee to be "America's Drunkest City" and one of the best "Bohemian Bargains" in in prior city rankings. With global powerhouses like Manpower, Joy Global, Bucyrus, among others, Milwaukee will make an impact for the foreseeable future. Congrats to our much-larger neighboring cities of Chicago (#7) and Minneapolis/St. Paul (#5), too.

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