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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
















#4. Oklahoma City, OK

Population: 547,274
  

Average Salary: $35,970
  

Cost of Living Rank (in a 1-100 list): 15
  

Average Commute Time: 18.7 minutes 
  

Job Growth Rank (in a list of 372 Highest Growth Cities): 44
 

Unemployment Rate: 5.6

Ranked by Forbes magazine as 2008’s most recession-proof American city, Oklahoma City is still bustling with the prospect of significant job growth. With last year’s up trend in the leisure and hospitality sector as well as employment increases in natural resources, wholesale, mining and construction, Oklahoma’s capital city has managed to hold steady with an impressively low change in unemployment rate since the recession’s outbreak. Our #4 pick remains a center for government and energy exploration while also continuing to foster positive working environments, boasting an exceptionally low average commute time for workers and a sensible income to cost of living ratio.