SmartAsset, a personal finance tech company, ranked the top 10 cities for recent college graduates.
SmartAsset used a variety of metrics to rank 108 large cities according to how suitable they are for recent college graduates.
Analysts assigned each city a score based on the strength of their job market, how affordable they are, and how fun they are. Job market data came from the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Labor, data on affordability came from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology living wage calculator, and how fun cities are was based on reviews of dining and entertainment on Yelp as well as Census Zip Code Business Patterns from the U.S. Census Bureau.
The top 10 cities are:
- Cincinnati, OH
- Columbus, OH
- Nashville, TN
- San Antonio, TX
- Pittsburgh, PA
- Seattle, WA
- Lexington, KY
- Austin, TX
- Boston, MA
- Saint Louis, MO
The top city, Cincinnati, was ranked number one partially because of its average rent of $555 and an overall cost of living that's 3.5% below the national average, Erin Caproni writes in the Cincinnati Business Courier. Caproni noted that the unemployment rate in Cincinnati for people with bachelor's degrees has also decreased while their earnings have been increasing. The city also landed the No. 1 spot on last year's list (Caproni, Cincinnati Business Courier, 6/14; Perez, SmartAsset ranking, 6/13).
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