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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
















#5. Raleigh-Cary Metropolitan Area, NC

Population: 497,602
  

Average Salary: $40,840
  

Cost of Living Rank (in a 1-100 list): 46
  

Average Commute Time: 20.9 minutes 
  

Job Growth Rank (in a list of 372 Highest Growth Cities): 38
 

Unemployment Rate: 8.8   One of the nation’s top areas for overall growth, Raleigh-Cary shines with expected job growth in technology, tourism and academia. Home to one of the largest high-technology R&D centers in the world, our #5 pick is becoming a preferred location for cutting-edge technology and manufacturing firms. Its relatively low income to cost of living ratio and potential for growth definitely place it in the top tier.