Reading is officially one of the best places to be a young adult

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The town has beaten some of the country’s best cities into second place

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Reading is a great place to be a young adult (Image: Get Reading)

Reading has been named one of the places to be for millennials and young adults.

And it’s not down to an abundance of avocados, or things to be easily offended about, or any of the other cliches thrown at young adults.

It is, in fact, because the town is well-equipped for all the things young adults actually want.

That is the average salaries, mental wellbeing, nightlife, the youth population and, of course, 4G coverage.

Reading is officially a millennial paradise, according to Comparethemarket.com.

Falling behind the vibrant Scottish city of Edinburgh in the top slot, but above huge cities like Manchester, Bristol and Liverpool.

In Reading, Berkshire, young adults can expect the second highest salaries in the country, only behind London, taking home an average of £27, 126 according to the ONS.

They are also among some of the happiest, ranking their mental wellbeing as 25.47 against a total score of 35 (ONS). Only millennials in Luton rated themselves as happier.

But unsurprisingly the town fell down on its average rent, with young adults forking out £1,101 a month, according to Rightmove, one of the most expensive in the country.

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What is a millennial?

The research comes from comparethemarket.com, which has looked at the lives of people aged between 18 and 35.

A millennial is defined as “a person reaching young adulthood in the early 21st century”.

This is thought to be people born between 1981 and 1996, which means the oldest millennials are reaching the age of 39.

The generation after that is generation Z, born between 1996 and 2015.

Top 10 places to live in as a young adult

1. Edinburgh

2. Reading

3. Derby

4. Manchester

5. Bristol

6. Aberdeen

7. Glasgow

8. Liverpool

9. Brighton and Hove

10. Newcastle upon Tyne

The survey also found Reading has the best 4G connection of anywhere surveyed.

But if you want cheap rent, head to Newcastle where it’s just £567 a month.

And the best night out is in Plymouth, with 27 venues for every 10,000 young adults, whereas Reading only has nine venues per 10,000 young adults.

Of course, the more money driven should head to London for the best pay, with an average salary of £30,331.

Bottom of the 28 towns surveyed was Bradford in Yorkshire.

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