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Best Cities for College Grads

Recent college graduates will love these cities since many of the residents are in their early 20s, the cities have high employment rates and high walkability, bikeability, and transit scores, and offer plenty of recreational activites such as music venues, bars, beaches, and parks.

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Methodology

We determined the best cities for college grads by comparing the 541 cities in our database across 6 categories. Each category is evaluated over a range of metrics with each metric being judged on a different point scale, as indicated below. Cities that receive the maximum points for each metric are determined to be the most desireable and appear higher in the list.

Early 20s - Total Points: 26

  • Proportion of population 20- to 24-years old1 - Points: 18
  • Population that is unmarried2 - Points: 8

Recreational Activities - Total Points: 21
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  • Bars per household6 - Points: 9
  • Restaurants per household7 - Points: 9
  • Music venues8 - Points: 3

Outdoor Activities - Total Points: 17
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  • Beaches9 - Points: 9
  • Parks10 - Points: 8

Strong Economy - Total Points: 14
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  • Employment rate3 - Points: 9
  • Employment rate (full-time)4 - Points: 4

Local Transportation - Total Points: 14

  • Walkability score11 - Points: 4
  • Bikeability score11 - Points: 4
  • Commute via public transit3 - Points: 3
  • Transit score11 - Points: 3

Low Taxes - Total Points: 9
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  • Income tax for median earners5 - Points: 9
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Points doubled for fun calculation
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Points doubled for value calculation

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