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10 Best Cities for College Grads

We've done the homework for you. Find out which cities are the best for recent college grads.

No need to pull an all-nighter hoping to find the best cities for new college grads. We've already done the homework for you.

Consider it our graduation gift to you. You were probably hoping for cash or a flat-screen TV. Sorry :)

If you're not a recent grad but you know someone who is (or you're really hoping will be soon) steer them here. We've got some advice to share ...

Congratulations. You did it. Yeah. You're finished with college. Welcome to the real world. A world full of bills to pay, responsibility, and harder decisions than whether or not to take a study break at the bar. Yes, full-on adulthood is in front of you, but with that comes something William Wallace would certainly urge you to fight for: FREEDOM!

The freedom to choose what you want to do and where you want to be. Seems like a daunting task, so we've compiled a list to help make searching for the perfect city a little easier. We looked at some of the best cities around the country, based on job opportunities, salaries, population age and of course, night life and cultural scenes. We're essentially presenting you a guide to some of the best places to live if you're a recent college graduate. So don't despair, because as a friend who watched Braveheart once said, "They can take our kegs, but they can't take our freedom."

Ranking Criteria

Number of job opportunities • Competitive salaries, • High ratio of single residents • Lively cultural scene

10. Nashville, TN Population 634,512
9. Provo, UT Population 115,345
8. Tucson, AZ Population 528,374
7. Knoxville, TN Population 183,066
6. Charlotte, NC Population 792,137
5. Fort Worth, TX Population 796,614
4. Kansas City, MO Population 467,990
3. San Jose, CA Population 1,000,860
2. San Antonio, TX Population 1,413,881
1. Lincoln, NE Population 269,726