5 worst U.S. states for young adults

  • (MoneyWatch) If you are a young person just starting out in the working world, you'd be wise to move to the Midwest, according to MoneyRates.com, which just completed an analysis of where the conditions are best for 20-somethings.

    The personal finance site ranked states from 1 to 50 based on the unemployment rate for youths ages 20 to 24; the percentage of the population in that age range; the rental vacancy rate; median rental cost; broadband access, nightlife and gyms; and average college costs. The notion is that the best places to live would provide an affordable education and apartment, easy access to health clubs and bars, plenty of people your age to hang with, and the ability to get a job.

    North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Montana and Iowa have just the right mixture of those factors to make these states the best in the nation for young people starting out, according to MoneyRates.

    However, equally surprising are the list of states that rank as the most miserable for young adults. These five states have both high rents and high unemployment among youths, as well as a relative dearth of nightlife and gyms, not to mention (mostly) miserable Internet connectivity.

    What are the five worst states for young adults?