Life After College: What Are The Best Cities To Move To?

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  • graduatesI was once given a piece of advice I wish I adhered to prior to graduating from law school; “Study in the city you ultimately want to work in.” The premise of this advice surfaced from the belief that it is easier to land a full-time job after graduation in the same city you attended undergraduate, graduate and post graduate institutions of higher learning. This is because you are more likely to network, intern an ultimately interview with people and companies in the city where your school is located due to access.

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    Whether you decide to put down roots in the same city you graduate from or decide to try your hand at a new job in a new city, there are several cities known for being the best cities for new graduates based upon employment rate, cost of living and median income.

    According to Forbes.com the top 10 cities for recent college graduates in 2013 are:

    Atlanta, GA

    Mean annual income: $46,600

    Median price for a one-bedroom apartment: $800

    Unemployment rate: 8.4%

    Boston, MA

    Mean annual income: $57,500

    Median price for a one-bedroom apartment: $1,590

    Unemployment rate: 5.9%

    Houston, TX

    Mean annual income: $47,500

    Median price for a one-bedroom apartment: $800

    Unemployment rate: 6%

    Denver, CO

    Mean annual income: $50,300

    Median price for a one-bedroom apartment: $970

    Unemployment rate: 7.4%

    Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN

    Mean annual income: $49,800

    Median price for a one-bedroom apartment: $900

    Unemployment rate: 5.1%

    Seattle, WA

    Mean annual income: $54,800

    Median price for a one-bedroom apartment: $1,300

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