Take Off, Young Grad!


College seniors know that the current graduation cycle is one of the most challenging ones seen in decades. That grim news is not of any comfort to the student who is looking to launch a career once their college degree is in hand. Some students will likely delay the day of reckoning and continue with their studies while others will be exploring fresh vistas in hopes of turning up something promising.
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Where Will You Live?

One way that new grads can face everything head on is by realistically assessing their chances of making a go of it where they live. Whether planning to stay near campus or to look at moving companies to return to the home of their youth, the following question needs to be asked of themselves: are the prospects for me finding what I want promising or would I be better off looking elsewhere?

With that question in mind, a pair of internet sites, Apartments.com and CBcampus.com, have put together their Second Annual Top Ten Best Cities for Recent College Graduates, featuring several cities you may want to consider when looking for work. At the top of the list is Indianapolis, a city of nearly 800,000 residents located right in the middle of Indiana.

Relocation Might Be Right For You

“Given the current economy, new grads looking to relocate are becoming increasingly concerned with the cost of living as they are faced with more competition for jobs than seen in previous years,” said Tammy Kotula, public relations and promotions manager at Apartments.com. “With these very real concerns weighing on the minds of many, two leading online resources for apartments and jobs have come together to paint a realistic landscape of both the job market and cost of living in the most popular cities for young adults after college.”

Together, the two internet sites came up with a list that they think will resonate with today’s grads, with average apartment prices shown:

Top 10 Best Cities for Recent     Average Rent for a One Bedroom
              College Graduates                   Apartment
  1.  Indianapolis                                 $625
  2.  Philadelphia                                 $1,034
  3.  Baltimore                                    $1,130
  4.  Cincinnati                                   $691
  5.  Cleveland                                    $686
  6.  New York                                     $1,548
  7.  Phoenix                                      $747
  8.  Denver                                       $877
  9.  Chicago                                      $1,133
  10. San Antonio                                  $696

Northeastern Cities Place High

Surprisingly, New York City is on the list despite having taken the brunt of Wall Street’s recent collapse. Given that the city is so large and diverse may work to its advantage. Besides, with the stock market beginning to recover, some analysts believe that jobs soon follow. A word of advice: expect to pay much more than the average price listed for an apartment, unless you choose to live in one of the outer boroughs instead of Manhattan.

The formula for developing the “Top 10 Best Cities for Recent College Graduates” was based on the ranking of the top U.S. cities with the highest concentration of young adults (age 20 – 24) from the U.S. Census Bureau (2006), inventory of jobs requiring less than one year of experience from CBcampus.com (2009) and the average cost of rent for a one bedroom apartment from Apartments.com (2009).

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