Best Places to Live

Charlotte, NC

Population: 792,137
Jeff Adkins

It should really come as no shock that Charlotte, NC, made the cut. Its prime location in one of the nation's largest urban regions means that any number of industries are available to the grads flocking to Charlotte's gates. Those desiring anything in the distribution or banking business may find themselves especially lucky. Thanks to real estate areas in Charlotte, like the hip and eclectic NoDa neighborhood, the city has some major pull outside of its impressive economics.

Median resident age: 35

Married: 47%

Single: 53%

Median household income: $67,466

Median rent for a two-bedroom apartment: 855

Median travel time to work: 21

Total workforce: 477,903

White collar jobs: 76%

Blue collar jobs: 24%

Bachelor's degree: 29%

Masters degree: 16%