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10 Awesome Cities for Recent College Graduates

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Graduation season is here and recent college graduates will be heading into the real world. Using age data from the U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey and rent data Apartmentlist.com, here are 10 great cities to get started in post-grad life:

 10. Miami

Miami city view from ocean

If you’re looking for nightlife there may not be a better city for you than Miami. The Magic City is tough to beat when it comes to high-class nightclubs. However, Miami’s not just a city of DJs and clubbers. Plenty of jobs in the tourism and hospitality industries can be found as multiple cruise lines call Miami home.

Percentage of Population between 20-29: 13.5%

Average Rent for 1 Bedroom: $1,070

9. Nashville

Night life in Nashville city

You might think the only Broadway you should know about is in New York, but Nashville would beg to differ. The home of country music is not only a great place for bachelorette and bachelor parties, but also to make a home. With a mild climate and plenty of jobs, it’s no wonder the Nashville area is expected to grow massively in the next 20 years.

Percentage of Population between 20-29: 18.1%

Average Rent for 1 Bedroom: $910

8. Madison

Madison architectual city view

While Madison may be the smallest city on this list, there is still plenty of opportunity in the capital of The Badger State. Major corporations in the Madison area include Kohl’s and American Family Insurance. If you’re heading to grad school instead of the workforce, the University of Wisconsin Madison has over 9,000 graduate students. If you like living in a college town, but still want the benefits of a large city, Madison may be the place for you!

Percentage of Population between 20-29: 26.4%

Average Rent for 1 Bedroom: $830

7. New York

Night view of New York City

If you can make it here, you’ll make it anywhere. New York is a financial and cultural center not just for the U.S., but the entire world. The cost of living may be high in the Big Apple, but you’d be hard-pressed to find a city with more opportunity. From the glitz and glam of Manhattan to the hipster enclave of Brooklyn, NYC has it all.

Percentage of Population between 20-29: 16.3%

Average Rent for 1 Bedroom: $2,070

6. San Antonio

San Antonio's beautiful architecture

The Home of the Alamo is also home to plenty of great job opportunities. Specifically, the healthcare and bioscience industries have a major presence in San Antonio. Along with plenty of jobs for STEM majors, San Antonio also has a beautiful riverwalk. With great weather year-round, an amazing dining scene, and plenty of jobs, San Antonio is a great place to get started!

Percentage of Population between 20-29: 16.4%

Average Rent for 1 Bedroom: $830

5. Los Angeles

Los Angels baseball stadium and city

Whether you’re looking to follow your Silver Screen dreams or head for the business world, Los Angeles may be the city for you. The City of Angels is the second largest city in the U.S. and offers plenty of entry-level jobs. Once you’ve got that first check, you can indulge in L.A.’s fabulous dining scene. Who knows, maybe one day you’ll end up on the Walk of Fame!

Percentage of Population between 20-29: 17.1%

Average Rent for 1 Bedroom: $1,360

4. Indianapolis

Indianapolis downtown from a park

Don’t think the Midwest is for you? Think again. Indianapolis is chock full of neighborhoods perfect for a recent college grad. Not to mention Nap City is a great place to find a job; the unemployment rate in 2017 was just 3.7% according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. If you head to the coast without thinking, you could miss out on the gem that is the Crossroads of America.

Percentage of Population between 20-29: 16.4%

Average Rent for 1 Bedroom: $690

3. Dallas

Dallas city in the evening

Oil isn’t the only thing booming in Dallas. Major corporations such as AT&T and Southwest Airlines also call the DFW Metroplex home. While Dallas is known as the home of the Dallas Cowboys, it also offers a thriving art scene.  With an unemployment rate of just 3.6% according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, it’s no wonder so many new grads are heading for North Texas.

Percentage of Population between 20-29: 17.6%

Average Rent for 1 Bedroom: $890

2. Chicago

Chicago Cloud Gate in Millennium Park

With numerous Fortune 500 companies including McDonald’s and Walgreens, Chicago has always been a hub for business. Of course, a job opportunity is never the only reason to move to a city. In 2018, a Time Out survey named Chicago the best city in the world. With plenty of dining, entertainment, and sports options it’s no wonder young people love moving to Chicago.

Percentage of Population between 20-29: 18.2%

Average Rent for 1 Bedroom: $1,070

1. Austin

People kayaking in Austin

Outside of Silicon Valley, it’s tough to find a better city for tech startups than Austin. There are always hundreds of tech startups in Austin looking for new hires and one great resource to help find work at a startup is Builtin Austin. One quick look at the job postings will show you just how much opportunity there is in Austin. Along with great job opportunities, Austin offers great live music bars along 6th Street and plenty of other fun areas!

Percentage of Population between 20-29: 19.7%

Average Rent for 1 Bedroom: $1,120

 

Deciding where to move after graduation can be a difficult choice, but you can’t go wrong with any of these cities. Once you’ve made your choice, Move Matcher is here to help make your moving experience stress-free!

Sources

Age Data: American Community Survey 2012-2016, United States Census Bureau. https://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/

Average Rent Data: Salvati, Chris Apartmentlist.com National Rent Data, 28 February 2018. https://www.apartmentlist.com/rentonomics/national-rent-data/

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