These are the 10 best cities for 2013 college grads

KatelynMorrisThe time has finally come; you will be graduating in less than a month. The question is: Are you prepared to make the necessary changes you need to in order to get a job and afford the cost of living? Some areas provide more opportunities and more affordable housing than others. These are key factors as you begin to plan for your future, especially when the unemployment rates are high. HackCollege has done some of the research for you in determining what cities college graduates would more likely thrive in, based each city’s mean annual income, median price for a one-bedroom apartment, and the unemployment rate.

The top ten cities in 2013 for college graduates seeking employment are

  1. Atlanta, Ga.AtlantaForApril29Post
  2. Boston, Mass.
  3. Dallas, Texas
  4. Denver, Colo.
  5. Houston, Texas
  6. Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn.
  7. Raleigh, N.C.
  8. St. Louis, Mo.
  9. Seattle, Wash.
  10. Washington, D.C.

Along with seeking out areas with prospective job opportunities, it’s important for college graduates to choose cities that with meet their lifestyle needs as well. A Forbes article “America’s Best Cities for Young Adults,” by Morgan Brennan said, “The criteria for a great city geared toward young adults include a young, trendy social scene, decent entry-level career opportunities and a quality of life that consists of more than store-bought ramen noodles.” The following list is based on a city’s nightlife, unemployment rates, and cost of living.

  1. Austin, Texas
  2. Houston, Texas
  3. New York, N.Y.
  4. Chicago, Ill.
  5. Denver, Colo.
  6. Dallas, Texas
  7. Seattle, Wash. Seattle-WashingtonForApril24Post
  8. Atlanta, Ga.
  9. San Antonio, Texas

As you may have noticed, Atlanta, Dallas, Denver, Houston and Seattle made both lists, which mean you get the best of both worlds. These cities offer not only top employment opportunities, but each meets your social life and entertainment requirements.

Time to get packin’!


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