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Santa Monica, CA

Runner-up: Best place to launch a career

It still has a pier and surf, but start-ups, VC firms, and tech incubators like Launchpad have earned Santa Monica the nickname Silicon Beach. Only drawback: the cost of housing, which is nearly as astronomical as in San Francisco.

Population: 91,812

Average monthly rent for a 1-bedroom apartment: $2,304

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