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The 10 best cities for a new college graduate

Jordan Crawford | 1/23/2014, 2:35 p.m.
Where do you want to go after graduating college?

May is right around the corner and your hot-to-trot self can’t wait to graduate and high-tail it to the other side of the country for your dream job.

For those college students with a job already lined up, bravo. For the other margin of 20-something-year-olds on the cusp of launching their career, there’s one big question to answer: Where do you want to go?

When searching for the right city to begin your career, the ideal city should have a strong youth job market, a good vibe for young professionals, and a low cost of living.

Generation Opportunity, a national, non-partisan organization advocating for Millennials ages 18-29, announced in its Millennial Jobs Report that as of March 2013 the unemployment rate for youth ages 18-29 is 11.7 percent. The youth unemployment rate for 18-29-year-old African Americans for March 2013 is 20.1 percent.

In some cities it is easier for recent college graduates to find both a job and affordable housing. Here’s a list of the top 10 cities that appeal the most to post-graduates according to the Census Bureau and Rent.com.

Atlanta, Ga.

Atlanta has a mean annual income of $46,570;

The median price for a one bedroom apartment is $880;

The unemployment rate is 8.3 percent ; and

Boston, Mass.

Boston has a mean annual income of $57,520;

The median price for a one bedroom apartment is $1,585.00;

The unemployment rate is six percent; and

Dallas, Texas

Dallas has a mean annual income of $46,160

The median price for a one bedroom apartment is $898; and

The unemployment rate is 6.3 percent.

Denver, Colo.

Denver has a mean annual income of $50,320;

The median price for a one bedroom apartment is $974;

The unemployment rate is 7.3 percent; and

Houston, Texas

Houston has a mean annual income of $47,490;

The median price for a one bedroom apartment is $819;

The unemployment rate is 6.3 percent; and

Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn.

Minneapolis/St. Paul has a mean annual income of $49,760;

The median price for a one bedroom apartment is $899; and

The unemployment rate is 5.5 percent.

Raleigh, N.C.

Raleigh has a mean annual income of $45,220

The median price for a one bedroom apartment is $808; and

The unemployment rate is 7.5 percent.

Seattle, Wash.

Seattle has a mean annual income of $54,750;

The median price for a one bedroom apartment is $1,300;

The unemployment rate is 6.6 percent; and

St. Louis, Mo.

St. Louis has a mean annual income of $44,210;

The median price for a one bedroom apartment is $960;

The unemployment rate is eight percent; and

Washington, D.C.

Washington, DC has a mean annual income of $62,890;

The median price for a one bedroom apartment is $1,625; and

The unemployment rate is 5.5 percent.