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2018 List of Best US Cities for College Grads

This year’s list of the most attractive cities for college grads.

Brandon Walker

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US college graduates have recently been choosing to reside in urban areas. Lower costs of living, access to public transportation, and more job opportunities are key factors that come with living in cities. Some of these cities, however, have more to offer than others, attracting more college graduates, Business Insider reports.

Business Insider explores the top ten best US cities for college grads using a new analysis from Brookings Institution demographer William Frey.

“His research pushes against assumptions that most college-educated millennials are living in big, coastal urban centers, like Los Angeles and New York. As you’ll see below, young Americans are settling in cities across the country,” said Business Insider.

Frey researched the percentage of college-educated millennials among the total millennial population looking at the 100 largest metro areas across the nation.

The list starts at #6 because there are multiple tied results. Take a look at the top ten:

6. Denver, Colorado

Percentage of college-educated millennials out of total millennial population: 46%

5. (draw) Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota

Percentage of college-educated millennials out of total millennial population: 47%

5. (draw) Raleigh, North Carolina

Percentage of college-educated millennials out of total millennial population: 47%

 

5. (draw) New York, New York

Percentage of college-educated millennials out of total millennial population: 47%

 

4. Hartford, Connecticut

Percentage of college-educated millennials out of total millennial population: 50%

3. Washington, DC

Percentage of college-educated millennials out of total millennial population: 54%

2. (draw) San Francisco, California

Percentage of college-educated millennials out of total millennial population: 55% 

2. (draw) San Jose, California

Percentage of college-educated millennials out of total millennial population: 55% 

 

1. (draw) Madison, Wisconsin

Percentage of college-educated millennials out of total millennial population: 58%

 

1. (draw) Boston, Massachusetts

Percentage of college-educated millennials out of total millennial population: 58%

To recap, Boston and Madison are among the top US cities that have attracted the most college graduates. The economic growth of these cities listed are relatively high, and according to Business Insider, college graduates can significantly increase cities’ tech industries.

This research raises this question: should a college grad move to a job after graduation, or give up a higher paying job to live where they want?

This is a question that all college graduates are faced with and there definitely is not an easy answer. Hopefully, this list makes clear that city living is the new trend and is – in some respects – the more viable option.

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Brandon Walker is a junior finance major at Temple University. He is a committed writer and jazz pianist. Brandon has written for The Temple News and is interested in a career in business and communications. He can be reached at brandon.walker@temple.edu.

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