What should you do after graduation? Move here

Summary:Rent.com recently put together a list of the top 10 cities for recent college graduates.

It's graduation season. There's a hint of mortarboard in the air. The repetitive chorus of "Pomp and Circumstance" floating across university quads. In times like these it's easy to ignore the practicalities of graduation: the prospect of moving; the soon-to-be-due student loans; and the ever-elusive job.

In the 1967 film, The Graduate, it was "plastics" that was on everyone's mind. Today, with the uncertain job market, it's more difficult to point out the industry of the future. A more manageable challenge for the recent graduate is deciding on which city to live.

With this in mind, Rent.com recently put together a list of the Top 10 cities for college graduates. The figures, which compare median salary, unemployment data, and the average cost of a rental. Here are the metropolitan areas that made the list:

  1. Boston, Mass.
  2. Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn.
  3. Seattle, Wa.
  4. Houston, Tx.
  5. Baltimore, Md.
  6. Dallas, Tx.
  7. Kansas City, Mo.
  8. Raleigh, N.C.
  9. Washington, D.C.
  10. Austin, Tx.

What other cities made Rent.com's "most livable cities for college grads" list? Find out, at CBS MoneyWatch.


Photo: Emmanuel Huybrechts/Flickr

This post was originally published on Smartplanet.com

Topics: Innovation


Claire Lambrecht has written for the New York Times, Slate, Salon, The Nation, and CBS MoneyWatch. Previously, she taught English as a Teach for America Corps Member and Fulbright English Teaching Assistant. She holds degrees from Cornell University, the University of Hawaii, and the Arthur M. Carter Journalism Institute at New York U... Full Bio

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