Whether you've been with your new spouse for a year or a decade, chances are, you've found someone who constantly takes your breath away. It goes without saying: you still have that newlywed glow. Now, think about where you actually live. Have you settled for something less than head-over-heels? You probably look for many of the same qualities in a hometown as you do in a spouse: it's fun to be around, it makes you feel safe, and it's easy on the eyes. What's more, you want something that's a good fit for your current lifestyle.
So, what if the city that you've most recently called home just doesn't feel like the perfect spot for you and your new partner? To get an idea of what else is out there, we asked Rent.com to share its list of the 15 best cities for newlyweds. We're talking metropolitan areas with plenty of fun-loving married millennials, affordable apartments, and tons of entertainment. They span the country from California and Kentucky to Massachusetts, and they all have something special to offer. Check out these great spots for making a new home with your new spouse.
Just southwest of Washington, D.C., Alexandria is packed with federal workers and has a relatively steep median two-bedroom rental price ($2,600). But the area's historic attractions and museums, 70 parks, and general walkability are more than enough to attract newlyweds in search of mid-Atlantic Seaboard living.
North of Alexandria, Arlington isn't just for couples wanting proximity to the action taking place at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Residents have access to the Potomac, the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial, and, of course, Arlington National Cemetery. A two-bedroom rental is typically just north of $2,000 per month, and nearly one-third of Arlington residents are millennials, giving you plenty of other young couples to sightsee with.
Costa Mesa, CA
Duos who adore regular retail therapy will fit right in among the myriad of shopping destinations around Costa Mesa in Orange County. Also known for its fantastic restaurants and action sports industries, Costa Mesa is full of young professionals, making up about 27 percent of the population. If you can pocket about $1,800 for monthly rent, the rest of the city is your oyster.
Fort Collins, Colorado
If looking out the window of your $1,100-a-month rental at the gorgeous Rocky Mountains with your new spouse's hand in yours is the goal, then check out Fort Collins. Weekends will likely fill up with all types of outdoor recreation, from kayaking to cross-country skiing. Home to Colorado State University, the small city has a college town feel with nearly one-third of its residents being millennials.
As one of the more affordable cities on this list, a two-bedroom in Greeley will set you back about $800 per month, which should be feasible for most young professionals in a dual-income household. Home to the Academy of Natural Therapy, the University of Northern Colorado, and food processing company JBS Swift & Company, Greeley has a substantial millennial population of 25 percent. And while it's not a mountain town, ski bums will find plenty of options all within driving distance.
Forget Dallas, Houston, or Austin. Lewisville is the Lone Star State's place to be with a fast-growing population—27 percent of which is millennial. Convenient, affordable living for newlyweds means close access to DFW International Airport, an unbelievable amount of shopping, and two-bedrooms that go for about $1,200 per month.
Horse racing is a way of life in Lexington-Fayette, but you don't have to be an animal lover to find plenty to love in this small Kentucky city. Historic homes boast Southern charm, bourbon distilleries abound, and tee-time twosomes can always find a golf course nearby. Rent is downright cheap at $775 for a two-bedroom, which likely appeals to the quarter of the population that's millennial.
The most affordable city of the bunch (two-bedrooms are about $625 per month), Lincoln is where newlyweds will find the University of Nebraska, Sunken Gardens (a gorgeous public greenspace), and a very low unemployment rate with a millennial population of 26 percent. Couples who work in high-tech or manufacturing shouldn't have a problem finding jobs and cultural buffs will fill their free time with the city's diverse museums.
Newport News, Virginia
Nearly surrounded by water, Newport News is any river- or ocean-bound couple's dream. If you're in search of a small, picturesque city with a relatively low cost of living—especially after shelling out for a big wedding—this semi-Southern spot has 32 outdoor parks, plenty of two-bedrooms well under $1,000 per month, and a healthy millennial population (25 percent) to fill both.
For couples who like to spend their days in the great outdoors, a city like Orem offers a suburban lifestyle with natural beauty, such as nearby Utah Lake and Mount Timpanogos. Couples can expect to find two-bedroom rentals for about $900 per month, which should leave them with enough cash left over to consider starting a family in the future. In fact, Orem—with a millennial population of just under one-third of its inhabitants—calls itself "Family City USA."
With Boston a stone's throw away, Quincy residents can tap into a wealth of restaurants, shopping, nightlife, beaches, and parks. Plus, the small city has some quirky attractions like the Museum of American Bird Art and the very first Dunkin Donuts. Young couples can expect to find themselves surrounded by plenty of their cohort (about 25 percent of the current population) and will shell out around $1,600 monthly for a two-bedroom.
San Diego, California
Surf, sun, and the San Diego Zoo—what's not to love about this laidback southern California city where millennials make up 27 percent of the city's fun-loving populace? If 70 miles of Pacific Ocean coastline isn't utterly magnetic for a newlywed couple, the established arts scene and an up-and-coming restaurant culture might do the trick. And you should have enough left over after monthly rent (two-bedrooms are around $2,100) to enjoy it all.
Santa Clara, California
This Bay Area city is in the heart of Silicon Valley with big-name employers like Texas Instruments and Intel at your fingertips. And if you or your spouse don't work in the tech industry, there's Santa Clara University and Macy's if you're job searching. A two-bedroom rental will cost about $900 and more than 25 percent of the population is made up of millennials. Whether or not you're a 49ers fan, most couples will feel right at home in this fun-loving city with plenty of shopping, restaurants, and excuses to spend time outside.
Within walking distance of Beantown, Somerville will attract Boston-types who are looking for a strong arts community, widespread diversity, and plenty of public parks and squares. This small but densely populated New England city has a sizable—42 percent—millennial population and is home to Tufts University. A typical two-bedroom costs about $2,300.
Beachcombing couples will fall in love with the city of Vista, which is in San Diego County and less than 10 miles from the Pacific Ocean. The median price of a two-bedroom is just under $1,500 and about one-quarter of the population is made up of people in their 20s and early 30s. Those who are young at heart will want to make The Wave Waterpark a frequent destination, while foodies can appreciate the local farmer's markets.