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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
















#12. Virginia Beach, VA

Population: 433,746
 

Average Salary: $37,550
 

Cost of Living Rank (in a 1-100 list): 37
  

Average Commute Time: 21.7 minutes 
  

Job Growth Rank (in a list of 372 Highest Growth Cities): 160
 

Unemployment Rate: 7.2

This beachfront city is best known for its thriving tourism, but is also home to 208 city parks, a national wildlife refuge, long-protected beach areas, three military bases, two universities and numerous historic sites. Major employers include Geico car insurance, Amerigroup health care, Virginia Beach-headquartered Lillian Vernon and Navy Exchange Service Command, while a large agribusiness sector gives our #12 city an extra boost, keeping it just in the top half.   Bonus fun fact: The Guinness Book of World Records lists Virginia Beach as having the longest pleasure beach in the world.