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College Graduates: Top 25 Cities for Finding Your Entry-Level Job

College Graduates: Top 25 Cities for Finding Your Entry-Level Job

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Anna Hennings, Tania Khadder, Adam Starr, Alice Handley | Excelle

October 20, 2009
















#15. Charlotte, NC

Population: 671,588
 

Average Salary: $41,200
  

Cost of Living Rank (in a 1-100 list): 36
  

Average Commute Time: 25.2 minutes 
 

Job Growth Rank (in a list of 372 Highest Growth Cities): 125
 

Unemployment Rate: 11.7

Home to the nation’s largest financial asset – Bank of America – as well as a number of Fortune 500 companies, this comfortable North Carolina city offers a solid salary to cost of living ratio. However, this has also left it more vulnerable to the economic downturn. It would have scored higher on our list, were it not for the drastic increase in unemployment since last year (up 6%).

Bonus fun fact: Charlotte has two nuclear power plants!