So, you just graduated from college, have your degree in hand, and are wondering where to start your brand new career and your brand new life. There are some cities within the United States that you might want to give more consideration to than others. Whether it’s because of a favorable unemployable rate, low crime, low cost of living, or better overall health of residents, the following five cities have been deemed some of the best places for recent college graduates to relocate.
1. Ithaca, New York
The magazine Utne Reader said that Ithaca is one of the most enlightened cities in the United States. With 30,000 residents and two major universities (Cornell University and Ithaca College), this town has a great social scene for young college graduates. Social service agencies abound, as do employment opportunities within this and other areas of industry.
2. Madison, Wisconsin
Money magazine said that Madison was the best place to live in the United States in 1996. It still ranks quite highly for young people, with 200,000 residents and a very low unemployment rate. Forbes says that Madison has the most residents with PhD’s of any city in the United States.
3. Ann Arbor, Michigan
Ann Arbor houses many large research institutions and Google’s AdWords program, making it the perfect place for recent college graduates searching for employment. The home of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor is full of sports and other activities that appeal to young college graduates.
4. Durham, North Carolina
Who wouldn’t want to live in a city with the slogan, “Where Great Things Happen”? This City of Medicine is part of the Research Triangle, giving young college grads many employment opportunities. 300 restaurants and 40 festivals per year also provide much for recent college graduates to do in their free time.
5. Austin-Round Rock, Texas
Austin has a famous cultural scene revolving around youth, including music and acting. It is also one of the safest cities in the United States, with less than five murders per 100,000 residents each year. There are also many technology firms in Austin (dubbed “Silicon Hills” for that reason) that provide recent college graduates with numerous employment opportunities. Forbes called Austin the least stressful metropolitan area in the United States, which is reason enough for anyone to want to relocate there, regardless of age orcollege graduation status!