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10 Best Cities For New College Graduates

Oh, the Places You'll Go! Best Cities For New Grads

Choosing your move after college graduation can be a positively daunting task because you're faced with the dilemma of too many options! Maybe you're moving to a new city without knowing many people or you're venturing to another part of the country, or maybe your plan is to stay local. It's an exciting decision because you can move anywhere you please and there's nothing controlling your decision but your own ambitions.

While curiosity about a new city will create the biggest draw, there are several other components that should be considered when evaluating the big move. and came up with a list of the top 10 cities for new grads, based on the following factors: availability of entry-level job openings, rental prices for one-bedroom apartments, and large resident populations of young adults in their early 20s. Find out which cities made the top 10 when you


Here's the list along with the average prices for one-bedroom apartments. While San Francisco didn't make the cut, I can tell you that moving here after graduating college was the best decision I ever made! Over the years it has continued to win me over with its charm and unexpected opportunities.

  1. Philadelphia, $962
  2. Boston, $1,343
  3. New York, $1,520
  4. Phoenix, $741
  5. Chicago, $1,029
  6. Dallas-Fort Worth, $755
  7. Los Angeles, $1,435
  8. Houston, $778
  9. Detroit, $699
  10. Atlanta, $773


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Captious Captious 8 years
I left Detroit at 18. I hated it there. Rent on a one bedroom in St. Louis ranges from $300 to 600 for normal non luxury apartments and I don't mean in the ghetto. Gas has never GOTTEN to $4.00 a gallon here. A carton of cigarettes (I'm not saying you should smoke this is just for price comparison) is about $25.00. Eating at sit-down restaurants that are not fancy costs between $7-20 a person. Movies are $8.75. The zoo, science center, history museum and art museum are free. etc etc etc etc...
cmd0610 cmd0610 8 years
I disagree about what's been said about Houston- Houston is having such a boom right now while the rest of the country is in recession- we only have 3.8% unemployment btw. The commutes can be bad but are noooo waaayyy that of LA- (best friend living there) and you just have to be smart about the times you chose to drive. Also about apt's- Houston has amazing rent prices and endless brand new apt complexes- better yet they are tearing down lots of old housing and putting up affordable townhouses. . . don't diss Houston we are lucky to be living the way we are here these days. It's only the pick-up truck owners that are getting screwed bc of diesel prices. I really really appreciate the good fortune we are having here now.
luxington luxington 9 years
As someone who live in Philly, jobs in the city are nearly impossible to find. A lot of people have to commute to the suburbs to work, especially in those in the business sector. So you have to factor in having a car as well, since public transit here is awful.
azucar_ame azucar_ame 9 years
Hmmm Detroit is sounding better already...LOL That's cheap!
svenska svenska 9 years
I live in San Diego, just graduated from a San Diego university, and I can say not only is the job market out here hellacious for new grads (the few entry level jobs I've applied to and actually gotten interviews for all they seem to want to ask about is the recent huge drug ring bust at my university. Ugh.) but the housing market is terrible too. Because of the housing market bottoming out in the last 18 months there are a lot more condos that were built to sell that they are now leasing but they're being leased for ridiculous prices since so many more people are having to rent now as they can't afford to buy. Last year I lived in an okay 2br apartment in a nice area (Little Italy) with the rent at $2300/mo. I now live in a nicer apartment but without an A/C in what can best be described as the ghetto (City Heights) for $1400/mo. San Diego is a great great city but it's definitely not a city for new grads unless your parents are still, mercifully, footing the bill.
fashionhore fashionhore 9 years
I am sad that I am not going to Pittsburgh for grad school this fall, but I am still looking for literally any way to get me there. I am in love with that city. I am also looking at SF simply because I am interested in Gap Inc. and they are HQ'd there. I am glad that people have great things to say about either place!
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Boston is oay but you may fend better for a more safe neighborhood if you look a wee bit south of the city.
penguins268 penguins268 9 years
I'm so happy that other people were happy about their decision to move to SF! I've been dying to live there and I'm only 17!
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 9 years
All of my friends from college are either in Boston or New York and if I ever leave London, I'd move to either of those two, though Philly looks pretty good too!
Karen12345 Karen12345 9 years
I live in Dallas - not a suburb, but in the far north away from downtown. And I pay $677 but I paid $545 for a slightly more ghetto complex two blocks away last year. :) Like Houston, you have to factor in the difference between living up north and being able to use public transportation vs. having to own a car if you live in TX. And gas is SOO much now! However, the cost of living here is still much cheaper overall. I agree with the idea of getting a roommate. I have enjoyed living by myself to a certain extent but I am moving in with my friend from college in the fall and it will be so nice to split bills. Also it is her townhouse, so I will be paying more than $200 less but helping her earn equity instead of just throwing money into a landlord's pocket.
MindayH MindayH 9 years
SF would be on the list if it were up to me, but it is really expensive, but not as much as NY, I think.
sweetrae80 sweetrae80 9 years
Pittsburgh is kind of small and definitely doesn't have the great weather or opportunities that some other cities have, but it's really affordable and there are actually a good amount of jobs here. My fiance and I have a house 5 min from the city for 825 a month.
krazykarot krazykarot 9 years
I live in Boston and I can say from unfortunate experience that the job market is awful right now!
KWM KWM 9 years
SF totally should have made the list! I am so happy I moved her after college. I planned to stay for two years and it's been eight!
graduatedsqueaks graduatedsqueaks 9 years
Advice for you new college graduates: live with roommates if you can. It'll most likely to be cheaper, and guess what? You can put more money into a savings account! And really, saving $500/month extra (assuming you automatically put it in savings instead of accidentally spending it) will help a heck of a lot. You'll have that money for emergencies, or be able to spend it on something else in your future, like a vacation or a down payment on a house!
ChaseOnline ChaseOnline 9 years
I was surprised that Washington DC didn't make the list. I went to school in Oklahoma, and while most people either move to Dallas/Ft. Worth or stay in Oklahoma, I know a ton of people that have moved to DC since graduating. Of course since I studying political science, my perception may be slightly skewed.
RosaDilia RosaDilia 9 years
My friend lives right near the Wall Street area and lives in a one bedroom paying $2800. My sister in law got lucky a few years ago and got an apt. near the South Street seaport through a subsidized housing lottery and is currently paying $1800 for a two bedroom.
seems-suga seems-suga 9 years
I live in Phoenix and pay $650 for a 400 sq ft studio and it's really nice.
j2e1n9 j2e1n9 9 years
Ooo! Ooo! Or San Diego!
j2e1n9 j2e1n9 9 years
Dear lord whatever you do dont move to Phoenix! Gross! :P Helloooo move to DC!
ayanaphil ayanaphil 9 years
Spot on for Dallas. I'll be moving to a suburb and will be right under the average at $735.
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 9 years
I live in Philly and pay just a little bit more than that for a GIANT two-bedroom. I think I just got really lucky, though. Philly is a very affordable city.
freegracefrom freegracefrom 9 years
None of the options are terribly appealing to me. :-(
lizs lizs 9 years
The rent in Houston might be close to dirt cheap, but you will eat double that when you factor in your LA-like commute...or pay $1000+ to live somewhere closer in without roaches.
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