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The best cities for new college graduates

April 29, 2013
If you’re looking for a change of scene post-graduation, check out these cities.

With college graduation approaching, if you haven’t scored your dream job already you’re probably thinking about moving to a new city anyway. What’s more exciting than a fresh start? Because you have a college degree you’re already ahead of the game, but if you’re looking for a bit of a boost in the job search department, give these cities a try:

Minneapolis, Minnesota

If you’re willing to brave the cold weather, Minneapolis is filled with job opportunities for new college graduates. With a mean annual income of nearly $50,000 and an unemployment rate of just 5.1 percent, this unassuming metropolis is a great place 20-somethings to launch themselves into adulthood. With the headquarters of Target and a thriving healthcare industry – not to mention the fact that it’s home to the Mall of America – Minneapolis is one of the hidden gems of the Midwest.

Atlanta, Georgia

Ten of the 14 largest companies in Georgia are located in Atlanta, which means there are plenty of job opportunities for the recently graduated. Although “Hotlanta” has a relatively high unemployment rate compared to Minneapolis, with 57 entry-level employers it’s still a great place for college grads to begin their careers.

Houston, Texas

Houston’s low unemployment rate combined with a low cost of living makes it the perfect place for fans of the Lone Star State to settle down after college graduation. It’s a hub of healthcare, energy and aeronautics companies, and is often compared to New York City. Houston also has plenty of nightlife and cultural attractions to keep you busy on your days off.

Seattle, Washington

On the west coast, Seattle is about as good as it gets when it comes to entry-level job opportunities for college graduates. The city is known for its diverse culture and is brimming with people of all shapes, sizes and ethnicities. With a mean annual income of $54,800 and an unemployment rate of 6.7 percent, Seattle is a great place for those looking to give the Evergreen State a try to settle down.

Washington, D.C.

Our nation’s capital also happens to be a pretty great place for college graduates to congregate. This is largely due to the fact that it’s filled with government jobs, which are essentially immune to the economic recession. D.C.’s mean annual income is about $63,000, and young adults living here lead active social lives through activities like networking events and kickball leagues.