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What Are the Best Cities for 2013 College Graduates?

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After getting their diplomas, a lot of college graduates decide to head to the big city to try and make it big.

The question that arises, though, is which city is the right one?

Well, after four (or five, or – gulp! – six) years of life on campus, 2013 college grads may want to pack their tassels and big dreams and head for the nation’s capital. Washington, DC is one of the Rent.com’s 10 best cities for new college grads, based on which metropolises offer the best chance to find housing and a decent salary.

The list is not in any particular order, but Washington certainly offers hope in the way of earning power, with the mean annual income hovering around $63,000. That’s offset somewhat by the $1,600 median price for a one-bedroom apartment.

When it comes to housing costs, it’s tough to beat Houston, Atlanta and Raleigh, North Carolina, all of which boast a median price of $800 for a one-bedroom pad.

And in terms of finding work, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota is the place to go, with an unemployment rate of 5.1%, the lowest of the 10 cities on the list.

Here’s a look at the 10 best cities for college graduates, in no particular order:

Atlanta
Mean annual income: $46,600
Median price for a one-bedroom apartment: $800
Unemployment rate: 8.4%

Boston
Mean annual income: $57,500
Median price for a one-bedroom apartment: $1,590
Unemployment rate: 5.9%

Houston
Mean annual income: $47,500
Median price for a one-bedroom apartment: $800
Unemployment rate: 6%

Denver
Mean annual income: $50,300
Median price for a one-bedroom apartment: $970
Unemployment rate: 7.4%

Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota
Mean annual income: $49,800
Median price for a one-bedroom apartment: $900
Unemployment rate: 5.1%

Seattle
Mean annual income: $54,800
Median price for a one-bedroom apartment: $1,300
Unemployment rate: 6.7%

Dallas
Mean annual income: $46,200
Median price for a one-bedroom apartment: $900
Unemployment rate: 5.9%

Raleigh, North Carolina
Mean annual income: $45,200
Median price for a one-bedroom apartment: $800
Unemployment rate: 7.5%

Washington, DC
Mean annual income: $62,900
Median price for a one-bedroom apartment: $1,600
Unemployment rate: 5.2%

St. Louis
Mean annual income: $44,200
Median price for a one-bedroom apartment: $960
Unemployment rate: 7%

[Forbes]

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