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Top 10 best cities for recent college graduates

Forty-six of employers plan to hire recent college graduates this year. CareerBuilder's newest survey reveals the best cities for those new grads to work.

CareerBuilder reports that 46 percent of employers plan to hire recent college graduates this year -- up from 44 percent in 2010 and, according to a survey they've just completed in conjunction with Apartments. com, There are almost three times as many renters moving for new job opportunities this year than in 2010.

The "Top 10 best cities for recent college graduates" list was based on the ranking of top U.S. cities with the highest concentration of young adults (age 20 to 24) from the U.S. Census Bureau (2010), inventory of jobs requiring less than one year of experience from (March, 2011), and the average cost of rent for a one-bedroom apartment from (March, 2011).

Here are the ten best cities and the average cost of rent for a one-bedroom apartment in that city:

1. Hartford-New Haven ($1,047)

2. Cleveland ($695)

3. Boston ($1,625)

4. Denver ($994)

5. Minneapolis ($941)

6. San Francisco ($1,560)

7. Washington D.C. ($1,679)

8. Philadelphia ($1,068)

9. Atlanta ($813)

10. St. Louis ($826)


Toni Bowers is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and is the award-winning blogger of the Career Management blog. She has edited newsletters, books, and web sites pertaining to software, IT career, and IT management issues.

Bristar 1 Like

Sheesh people! I pay $750 a month for a 2300+ SqFt home in Central Texas (insurance and taxes included). Great jobs available here too!


i live outside boston and i can attest to how expensive it is living around here. between rent/mortgage, utilities, auto insurance and food/gas, it's amazing any recent college grads can afford to live anywhere near boston nevermind a young tradesman. Boston is becoming a haven for the wealthy.

CharlieSpencer 1 Like

Excluding Cleveland. And I'm getting 1325 sq ft. Screw that living / working in the big cities.

joncowden 2 Like

These are within the CITY. Not the suburbs or "surrounding areas."


whomever compiled these statistics must have only considered Center City philadelphia. rent is much lower in surrounding neighborhoods (south philadelphia, fishtown/kensington, west philadelphia, etc.)


In Lakewood, a suburb of Cleveland, I rented an nice apartment in a good area for $435 a month all utilities (except phone and internet) included.