Best Places to Live

2018 Top 10 Best Cities for Recent College Grads

From job opportunities to culture to affordability, here are the 10 best cities in America for college grads to start their next chapter.

Graduating from college is a reason for celebration — when that hard-earned degree is finally in hand, new grads are often overcome with excitement, pride, and a sense of relief at never having to fill out another Scantron sheet.

But while you might be done answering test questions, there's a big question that arises after the graduation parties have ended:

Where do you want to live?

With so many options, many new graduates feel overwhelmed when considering where to start the next chapter of their personal and professional lives.

If that’s you, you’re in luck. We’ve found 10 cities that are ideal for new college grads, thanks to their thriving job markets, low unemployment rates, affordable housing options and a wide array of fun things to do. Plus, each city has a high number of 22 to 29-year-olds, which means you’ll be in good company — and set up to do some serious networking.

Ready to find your perfect post-college home? Read on to see the cities that scored a spot on our list of the Best Places for Recent College Graduates.

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Ranking Criteria

Share of population 25 or older with a bachelor’s degree or higher
Median income for someone with a bachelor’s degree
Dining and drinking establishments per square mile
Number of 22 to 29-year-old residents
Unemployment rate for people with college degrees