If you’re a recent grad looking to relocate, you’ve come to the right place. Rent.com researched cities across the country and has compiled a list highlighting 10 great cities for post-grads based on unemployment rates, mean annual income, cost of living, and rental inventory.
Best Cities for College Grads:
- Boston, MA: A low unemployment rate and high mean income attracts career-minded young professionals. The character of a college town like Boston makes for a smooth transition, in which nightlife options abound.
- Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN: The Twin Cities truly combine natural beauty with the benefits of an urban center. With an unemployment rate well below the national average, finding a job shouldn’t be a stressful task in Minneapolis and St. Paul.
- Seattle, WA: The perfect city for a new class of intellectuals, Seattle offers a well-educated workforce as well as plenty of outdoor adventure and foodie cuisine.
- Houston, TX: Houston is known for cost-competitive housing and a favorable cost of living. Add to that a diverse mix of jobs and commuter-friendly transportation, and Houston has a lot to offer for new grads.
- Baltimore, MD: The Charm City is a friendly place to live and play, with a diverse cultural scene and more than 200 unique neighborhoods to call home.
- Dallas, TX: With the hospitality of Texas and the modernity of a sophisticated city, Dallas offers all of the benefits of big city living without the big city price tag. The cost of living is well below the national average.
- Kansas City, MO: Healthy living and an eco-friendly lifestyle are just one part of the booming downtown of Kansas City. It’s also known for barbecue and jazz—so very grown-up chic, right?
- Raleigh, NC: People of all ages move to Raleigh for affordable housing and temperate weather. With an economy based on three local universities, post-grads looking for jobs in industries like biotech or computers will thrive in these North Carolina cities.
- Washington, DC: A favorably low unemployment rate and high mean annual income make Washington, DC a smart choice for new young professionals. The federal city also offers entertainment for everyone, from nightlife and world-class dining to cultural institutions.
- Austin, TX: A quickly growing city, Austin boasts a low cost of living and neighborhoods with character, ranging from funky to serene. A thriving music scene will inspire recent grads to partake in the arts.