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Recent College Grad? 10 Best Cities to Start Your Career

Recent College Grad? 10 Best Cities to Start Your Career

Still looking for an entry-level job? Try one of these 10 cities.

By Kathryn Knight Randolph

September 14, 2011

The International Business Times reported that the average job search was taking roughly eight months.

But if you want to speed up the job search, you may want to look in one of the top 10 best cities for recent college graduates. These cities were determined by Apartments.com and CareerRookie.com “based on the ranking of the U.S. cities with the highest concentration of people ages 20-24, an inventory of jobs requiring less than one year of experience, and the average cost of rent for a one-bedroom apartment,” according to msnbc.com.

So brush up your resume, fill up the tank and pack a suitcase or two. You’ve got some interviews on the road coming up!

10. St. Louis

Unemployment rate: 8.8% — slightly lower than national average of 9.1%

Average entry-level salary: $40,000

Rent: Average 1-bedroom costs $535

Major employers: BJC HealthCare, Wells Fargo Advisors, Edward Jones and Express Scripts, Inc, all of which are headquartered in St. Louis

9. Atlanta

Unemployment rate: 10.3%

Average entry-level salary: $43,000

Rent: Average 1-bedroom costs $780

Major employers: The Coca-Cola Company, Turner Broadcasting Systems, Delta Air Lines, Home Depot and IBM.


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    leesa1234

    over 2 years ago

    2 comments

    I live in new jersey have been an LPN for 14yrs! there are no jobs for us! Its all 3-11....I remember when i first graduated there werent enough of us! Now they dont want us anymore!! Back to school i go

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    aut12

    almost 3 years ago

    4 comments

    A lot of these cities have a high cost of living, yet one will be on an entry level salary...

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    Janna81

    almost 3 years ago

    2 comments

    Looks like my best shots are SF, or Washington D.C. Anywhere else I will not make it.

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    Rfabii

    almost 3 years ago

    4 comments

    looks like i need to move : (

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    MaxForstag

    almost 3 years ago

    2 comments

    Was definitely surprised to see my hometown of Cleveland on here, but I guess it's a great place for anyone trying to get into the medical field.

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    tiscott23

    almost 3 years ago

    4 comments

    Originally from NYC, I left there to attend school in DC. Didn't like the college in DC, so I transferred to an online college and stumbled upon an internship with the federal government. Now 3 years later, I am being converted to a permanent employee...young college grads -- look into the federal government in DC...the jobs are plentiful. Especially in Homeland Security!

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    S_Barnett

    almost 3 years ago

    2 comments

    Looks like I need to move out of NYC...

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    Unaccredited Cate

    almost 3 years ago

    I love that Cleveland is on here...I want to give it the benefit-of-the-doubt, but I just can't.

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    mspencer2012

    almost 3 years ago

    8 comments

    I question the Atlanta listing a bit. I'm a senior in college right now, but I've seen dozens of the women who graduated before me working waitressing jobs and unable to get an entry-level in anything worthwhile or in their field of study.

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    ROWojcik

    almost 3 years ago

    2 comments

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    briamberw

    about 3 years ago

    2 comments

    I have my eye on moving to Boston once I'm done with my Master's. This is great information. Thanks!

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    MzEducation

    about 3 years ago

    2 comments

    Employment

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    gurlhan

    about 3 years ago

    6 comments

    Thanks for the information. It will definitely be useful.

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    Frank_Ball

    about 3 years ago

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