Best Cities for New Graduates

 
 
 
 
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by Amy Orr

Every year, a new batch of college graduates dust off their suits, write their resumes and prepare to enter the workforce. But the decision of how and where to do this can impact the course of a career and a life. What city has the best employment opportunities? Where will be fun to live? What can I afford?

The burden of student debt has never been higher and the number of students in college is increasing -- enrollment increased by 20% between 2003 and 2013 according to the National Center for Education Statistics -- whilst the number of graduate jobs is, at best, stagnant. The 2015 employment rate, whilst higher than previous years, is still lower than pre-recession rates according to the NCES.

Making the most of that hard-earned and expensive degree has never been more difficult and choosing a city to live and work in may be one of the most impactful decisions a graduate can make, especially as technology and transport grow and the need to live in one’s hometown or near parents lessens. Below, we have analyzed the best -- and worst -- cities for graduates for employment, affordability and lifestyle, in an attempt to make this important decision a little easier.

The Best Cities for New Grads

In our quest to find the best cities for graduates, we looked at factors relating to employment, such as job opportunities, employment rates, remuneration and employee benefits, as well as the affordability of the city and lifestyle factors such as transport, entertainment and demographics. A full list of all the factors considered can be found below. We ranked each factor from the most important to the least, and combined the results to give a final ranking of all the cities in the study.

  • Madison, WI

    • For Lifestyle: 7
    • For Jobs: 13
    • For Affordability: 334
  • Fargo, ND

    • For Lifestyle: 41
    • For Jobs: 6
    • For Affordability: 207
  • Burlington-South Burlington, VT

    • For Lifestyle: 2
    • For Jobs: 48
    • For Affordability: 325
  • Bloomington, IL

    • For Lifestyle: 41
    • For Jobs: 4
    • For Affordability: 242
  • Logan, UT

    • For Lifestyle: 20
    • For Jobs: 52
    • For Affordability: 154

The Rest of the Best

The five above were tops, but 377 other cities were under consideration. Where did yours rank?

Overall RankingCityLifestyle RankingJobs RankingAffordability Ranking
1Madison, WI713334
2Fargo, ND416207
3Burlington-South Burlington, VT248325
4Bloomington, IL414242
5Logan, UT2052154
6Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY2423230
7Columbia, MO1217316
8Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA1042320
9Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY6225171
10La Crosse-Onalaska, WI5312271
11Iowa City, IA45380
12Lawrence, KS931356
13Boulder, CO1116332
14California-Lexington Park, MD1591656
15State College, PA178369
16Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA8919216
17Ann Arbor, MI827368
18San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA8455101
19Provo-Orem, UT2774238
20Bloomsburg-Berwick, PA1481172
20Urban Honolulu, HI9018233
22Mankato-North Mankato, MN4810330
23Lincoln, NE3462248
24Syracuse, NY3867218
25Ithaca, NY522379
26Ames, IA1614375
27Lexington-Fayette, KY23108220
28Eau Claire, WI9436190
29Manhattan, KS6533279
30Fort Collins, CO14122276
31Sioux Falls, SD10521255
32Charlottesville, VA6102360
33Rochester, NY3665291
33Harrisonburg, VA7276189
35Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD6192179
36Grand Forks, ND6647272
37Rochester, MN1072333
38Oshkosh-Neenah, WI1783164
39Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN3930339
40Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA8434261
41Worcester, MA9540248
42Springfield, IL11063170
43Providence-Warwick, RI3577299
44Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA57115167
45Norwich-New London, CT67119167
45Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI12258151
47Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT5477270
48Appleton, WI1559239
49Binghamton, NY9146278
50Elmira, NY19010157
51San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA30159224
52Portland-South Portland, ME3172350
53Morgantown, WV4957330
54Cedar Rapids, IA13615290
54San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA45156198
56Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA22151285
57St. Louis, MO13286113
58Trenton, NJ26131293
59Dubuque, IA737372
60Pittsburgh, PA9745296
60Bismarck, ND15020242
62Lansing-East Lansing, MI5736358
63Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE13066181
64Corvallis, OR1990361
65Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA13835234
66Columbus, OH9943309
67Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC44132263
68Kalamazoo-Portage, MI7982263
69Peoria, IL1836082
70Cape Girardeau, MO17310040
71Ocean City, NJ10075260
72Durham-Chapel Hill, NC13212370
72Champaign-Urbana, IL2853288
74Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI5669334
75Midland, MI16753132
76Manchester-Nashua, NH9270300
77Bloomington, IN4656366
78Columbus, IN2273966
79Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR17611142
80Napa, CA117137126
81Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA12968252
82Bellingham, WA15181327
82Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI108177104
84Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO59160245
85St. Cloud, MN6924372
85Duluth, MN8228363
87Cincinnati, OH12649294
88Tallahassee, FL40236194
89Oklahoma City, OK18116118
90Springfield, MA60107319
91Ogden-Clearfield, UT2523277
92College Station-Bryan, TX8495174
93Kansas City, MO16910487
94Erie, PA77118281
95Lafayette, LA2221942
96Utica-Rome, NY1969176
97Austin-Round Rock, TX33195296
98Lynchburg, VA112130221
99Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA118166148
100Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin, SC15415169
101Athens-Clarke County, GA29162342
102New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY11244337
103Gainesville, FL18200344
104Salt Lake City, UT105128258
105Toledo, OH14280252
106Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA25211322
107Kingston, NY55187280
108Owensboro, KY2617353
109Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA37158334
110Cleveland-Elyria, OH120106269
111Charleston, WV2371559
112Lubbock, TX127114341
113Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN8897338
114Bremerton-Silverdale, WA134186118
115Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton, PA16485202
116Wheeling, WV21913332
117Akron, OH13326364
118Wichita, KS21513639
119Jefferson City, MO2699333
120Huntsville, AL17922022
121Billings, MT147105227
122Auburn-Opelika, AL128110282
123Muncie, IN114125295
124Watertown-Fort Drum, NY14522180
125Saginaw, MI22481328
125New Haven-Milford, CT52178117
127San Diego-Carlsbad, CA50253254
128Santa Rosa, CA98227206
129Amarillo, TX26510836
130Shreveport-Bossier City, LA20921410
131Springfield, MO16116798
132Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR18620345
133Fond du Lac, WI28429135
134Louisville/Jefferson County, KY20389147
135Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN140153197
136Richmond, VA74197208
136Walla Walla, WA137188155
136Fort Wayne, IN19414283
139Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN125206176
140Knoxville, TN24614926
141Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT32216352
142Canton-Massillon, OH3013899
143Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA135170214
144Anchorage, AK121225187
145Tulsa, OK2921924
146Evansville, IN23441225
147Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA21861226
148Casper, WY25911357
148Wichita Falls, TX22522811
150Bowling Green, KY174127180
151Bangor, ME93200286
152Roanoke, VA184123174
153Fairbanks, AK64174353
154Barnstable Town, MA71172349
155Waco, TX195144114
156Carbondale-Marion, IL103164314
157Topeka, KS24784129
158Sioux City, IA24982138
159Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC119270140
160Flagstaff, AZ21249362
161Green Bay, WI19377273
162Victoria, TX23616944
163Salisbury, MD143221165
164Greenville, NC115297342
165Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA76248284
166Cheyenne, WY201145141
167Tucson, AZ124291120
168Altoona, PA26798107
169Wausau, WI27351204
170Raleigh, NC70224339
171Dayton, OH171100296
171Bend-Redmond, OR96219308
173Kennewick-Richland, WA22617579
174Gettysburg, PA22271273
175Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL63234348
176Missoula, MT3294381
177Bay City, MI27796108
178Sheboygan, WI27250303
179Reno, NV109218229
180Kankakee, IL28587124
181Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA144204239
181Janesville-Beloit, WI2569428
183Rapid City, SD146189248
184Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL75333176
185Sierra Vista-Douglas, AZ26113984
186Midland, TX25116867
187Staunton-Waynesboro, VA23599191
188Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI163185217
189Greeley, CO228137145
190St. Joseph, MO313129186
191Elizabethtown-Fort Knox, KY32114715
192Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ172226156
193Greensboro-High Point, NC158260115
194Cumberland, MD31564133
195Monroe, LA20027738
196South Bend-Mishawaka, IN152235198
197Baton Rouge, LA131172365
198Colorado Springs, CO81340173
199Decatur, IL271120116
200Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR83212357
201Weirton-Steubenville, WV27818947
202Abilene, TX192238110
203Winchester, VA247140136
204Birmingham-Hoover, AL24417596
205Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL17029977
206Battle Creek, MI29418048
207York-Hanover, PA31144228
208Grand Island, NE22925652
209San Angelo, TX187237161
209Johnson City, TN258163109
211Charleston-North Charleston, SC47319329
212Terre Haute, IN240143162
213Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA174126318
214Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA50322324
215New Orleans-Metairie, LA101326235
216Johnstown, PA254121196
217Houma-Thibodaux, LA3122931
218Olympia-Tumwater, WA139286193
219Pocatello, ID161154323
220Chattanooga, TN27520560
221Tuscaloosa, AL210103311
222Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX182254152
223Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX180251167
224Wenatchee, WA177245178
225Columbia, SC111232354
226Tyler, TX207229143
227Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL27026121
228Jacksonville, FL157315104
229St. George, UT197199215
230Burlington, NC28121057
231Lancaster, PA18559377
232Boise City, ID153198307
233Reading, PA230112283
234North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, FL160320100
235Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC104345201
236Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA84310309
237Pittsfield, MA67223378
238Chico, CA151255256
239San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX20624789
240Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ116200367
241Daphne-Fairhope-Foley, AL188271149
242Huntington-Ashland, WV32712490
243Niles-Benton Harbor, MI240214139
244Longview, TX35714820
245Idaho Falls, ID285133182
246Hot Springs, AR30425223
247Jackson, TN202283160
248Rome, GA260209137
249Memphis, TN207266131
250Parkersburg-Vienna, WV255229122
251Lawton, OK23833419
252Great Falls, MT198208273
253Monroe, MI3638872
254Fort Smith, AR3721933
255Odessa, TX33421729
256Winston-Salem, NC242257102
257Augusta-Richmond County, GA25325895
258Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL33115090
259Glens Falls, NY221117347
260Savannah, GA80341315
261Williamsport, PA191146355
262Lewiston-Auburn, ME280191166
263Racine, WI289141231
264Panama City, FL23331470
265Jonesboro, AR28132417
266Jackson, MS156306247
267Eugene, OR41240351
268Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, FL123351232
269Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH318178104
270Mansfield, OH35315759
271Hammond, LA28330833
272Albuquerque, NM211274184
273Santa Fe, NM113364235
274Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL199330120
275Beckley, WV30328041
276Alexandria, LA3382858
277Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL27431846
278Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA220261211
279Asheville, NC141268346
280Wilmington, NC102273371
280Hagerstown-Martinsburg, MD33518488
280Lake Charles, LA29633116
283Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV205313153
284Killeen-Temple, TX27930462
285Springfield, OH351135112
286Montgomery, AL232182313
286Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL78370302
288Spartanburg, SC30826471
289Carson City, NV30731731
290Lebanon, PA302183222
291Clarksville, TN28735211
292Lima, OH244170317
293Pine Bluff, AR31726762
294Vallejo-Fairfield, CA268240210
295Chambersburg-Waynesboro, PA326165191
296Medford, OR164279326
297Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN3622765
298Warner Robins, GA34128825
299Corpus Christi, TX288240187
300Muskegon, MI336195134
301Elkhart-Goshen, IN34623173
302Hattiesburg, MS148290359
303Kokomo, IN297250162
304Salem, OR214265291
304Salinas, CA164320304
306Lewiston, ID212324218
307East Stroudsburg, PA189309289
308Yakima, WA31627593
309Anniston-Oxford-Jacksonville, AL33330336
310Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, SC204311266
311Macon, GA291278158
312Joplin, MO32926981
313Sherman-Denison, TX35630514
314Gainesville, GA309239212
315Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS216359118
316Florence, SC32034427
317Jackson, MI345207144
318New Bern, NC24336868
319Hanford-Corcoran, CA32834230
320Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL266343127
321Grand Junction, CO216300306
322Decatur, AL3742877
323Coeur d'Alene, ID263307256
324Dover, DE168272376
325Danville, IL344263129
326Pueblo, CO306259251
327Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX34033654
328Rockford, IL325232262
329Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL23138094
330Dothan, AL36528343
331Flint, MI342240213
332Albany, OR319246265
333Morristown, TN3773126
334Modesto, CA347289124
335Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL29536684
336Redding, CA322302183
337Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC37329623
338Albany, GA250350223
339Fayetteville, NC213374202
340Mobile, AL289281304
341Texarkana, TX355334205
341Stockton-Lodi, CA33029261
343Columbus, GA276365146
344Las Cruces, NM238328321
345Sumter, SC263363208
345Gadsden, AL37832313
347Vineland-Bridgeton, NJ323281267
348Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA299337241
349El Paso, TX298349185
350The Villages, FL35235549
351Brunswick, GA31437575
352Grants Pass, OR343298237
353Prescott, AZ300379123
354Valdosta, GA256358287
355Sebring, FL32438165
356Farmington, NM35834874
357Dalton, GA369315102
358Laredo, TX305327312
359Goldsboro, NC33936992
360Port St. Lucie, FL337357141
361Michigan City-La Porte, IN364295194
362El Centro, CA35036697
363Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL37135651
364Madera, CA354354128
365Rocky Mount, NC36637150
366Jacksonville, NC293377244
367Merced, CA360362111
368Punta Gorda, FL37534784
369Hinesville, GA332376198
370Yuma, AZ358332268
371Yuba City, CA367353150
372Longview, WA379301159
373Visalia-Porterville, CA368339245
374Bakersfield, CA349329344
375Homosassa Springs, FL37637364
376McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX361345277
377Fresno, CA310338374
378Ocala, FL38037255
379Cleveland, TN348361300
380Lake Havasu City-Kingman, AZ38137835
381Brownsville-Harlingen, TX370360259

The Top (and Bottom) Five Cities for...

Next, let's look at how the cities in our study ranked in important categories -- jobs and affordability -- as well as how cities with a million or more residents stacked up.

Jobs

Many graduates might consider employment rates and income as the most important factors -- maybe even the only factors -- worth considering when deciding where to move. To the left, we have broken out the top and bottom five cities by their “jobs” ranking, a ranking made up of employment rates, earnings and health coverage. We have also shown the general unemployment rate for young adults (ages 20 to 24) for comparison.

RankCityUnemployment
1Bloomsburg-Berwick, PA7.2%
2Rochester, MN5.9%
3Oshkosh-Neenah, WI6.3%
4Bloomington, IL9.1%
5Iowa City, IA5.6%
RankCityUnemployment
382Sebring, FL25.8%
381Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL25.3%
380Prescott, AZ21.2%
379Lake Havasu-Kingman, AZ22.4%
378Jacksonville, NC20.6%

Affordability

The affordability of a city is a very important factor to take into account when considering a move. Having a job in a city, especially for new entrants into the workforce, may not be enough to actually fund living in that city. To the left, we have broken out the best and worst cities by affordability, including the percentage of the employed population that was below the poverty level.

RankCityPoverty
1Houma-Thibodaux, LA33.3%
2Lafayette, LA39.8%
3Fort Smith, AR33.4%
4Tulsa, OK36.7%
5Kingsport-Bristol, TN30.3%
RankCityPoverty
382Missoula, MT48.8%
381Iowa City, IA53.5%
380Ithaca, NY33.1%
379Pittsfield, MA33.3%
378Lancaster, PA40.8%

Big Cities

It is worth noting that the general size of the city and the proportion of residents in the 18-to-24-year-old range does not seem to correlate with overall rankings. Both the best and worst cities have a range of population sizes. However, larger cities are more likely to attract new graduates looking for work, according to the National Bureau of Economic Research; below we have broken out the results of the best and worst cities, by their overall rank, among just those cities with a population of one million or more.

RankCity
1Boston-Cambridge, MA
2San Jose, CA
3Pittsburgh, PA
4Baltimore, MD
5Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN
RankCity
42Riverside-San Bernadino, CA
41Miami, FL
40Las Vegas, NV
39Tampa, FL
38Memphis, TN

Experts' Take

To vary our coverage of the best cities for new graduates, we put the data aside and sought out two experts for answers to four questions of concern for most students-turned-professionals.

Angela Copeland is a career coach at Copeland Coaching.

1. What factors do you think a graduate should take into account when considering where to live and start their careers? This can be a tough decision, but just after graduation is the perfect time to select a new city. If there's one particular company you really love, you may have to move to the city where their headquarters is located. Otherwise, you may want to target a city that aligns to your interests and priorities. Make a list of the things that are important to you such as cost of living, average temperature and population. Then compare multiple cities. You can find this information on websites such as Census.gov and Wikipedia. I'm a huge fan of mid-sized cities such as Oklahoma City, Denver, Pittsburgh and Memphis. They often offer a lower cost of living, while giving a young person an opportunity to be a big fish in a small pond (relatively speaking).

2. What are the challenges new graduates are facing when attempting to enter the workforce? Often, new graduates face the challenge that they have very little real-world work experience. This can make it tough to even apply for some jobs. Often, even junior job postings will list a number of years of experience they require. Try not to pay too much attention to this detail. My first job out of college required a MBA and years of work experience, but I got the job anyway. Many hiring managers are looking for fit more than they're looking for the perfect experience.

3. How can a graduate make themselves stand out to potential employers? Be professional, and be persistent. I spoke to a recent college graduate who reaches out to three new people per day on LinkedIn. These are people the graduate does not know, but is hoping to have an informational interview with. Very often, people respond positively to him. He has been able to both grow his network and land a job using this unique technique.

4. What are the "hot" industries or areas for graduates right now and what will they be in five years time? Generally speaking, hot industries are those that are growing, and where there are more positions available than people to do them. The best industries are also often those related to technology, such as data scientist, statistician, computer systems analyst and information security analyst. In five years, the top jobs will continue to be those heavily influenced by technology. Unfortunately, however, technology positions will continue to be outsourced to other countries, so the more you can grow your strengths in strategy and management, the more secure you'll be. Healthcare jobs will also grow as our population continues to age.

Lori Bumgarner is Passion & Career Specialist at paNASH in Nashville.

1. What factors do you think a graduate should take into account when considering where to live and start their careers? Foremost, where there is job growth and a current strong economy. Right now, "IT city" Nashville is the number one market for job growth and capital investments; its unemployment rate is well below the national average at 3.7%, and companies like Google, Lyft, and Warby Parker are expanding to Nashville. Nashville is especially a good place for college graduates who are creatives. Also, graduates should consider cost of living. Nashville's cost of living is currently under the national average, and its new mayor has plans for the development of more affordable housing.

2. What are the challenges new graduates are facing when attempting to enter the workforce? The challenges specific to new graduates seeking work in Nashville is the fact that there are 12 four-year colleges in the Metro and Middle Tennessee area, and many graduates want to stay in Nashville, so there is some stiff competition for those candidates applying for entry-level jobs who cannot articulate their unique differentiators.

3. How can a graduate make themselves stand out to potential employers? Understanding, being confident in and knowing how to articulate what makes them unique. This is something I work with my clients on, helping them discover their uniqueness, how to talk about it and how to brand and market it in a job search.

4. What are the "hot" industries or areas for graduates right now and what will they be in five years time? In Nashville, the fastest growing industries are management (of companies and enterprises), employment services, accounting/tax prep and tech consulting services. Nashville is experiencing a tech boom which is expecting to increase in growth over the next five years. Population-wise, Nashville is currently at 1.83 million people with an expected growth to two million by 2025 and three million by 2040.

Methodology

To determine the best cities for graduates, we looked at 27 factors from five reliable sources. These factors were grouped into three general categories: jobs, affordability and lifestyle. These categories were equally weighted in the final analysis.

The jobs category takes into account employment factors -- unemployment rates both for the population with college degrees and in comparison to the general population -- as well as the expected income increase from having a degree, and finally important employment benefits such as healthcare. These factors all speak to the availability of good employment in a city for graduates and the benefit of being a graduate in that city.

The affordability category includes nine factors such as rent, levels of student debt, transit, food, utilities and property costs, as well as the poverty level for graduates. These factors combine to indicate which cities may be more affordable for entry-level job participants. Some factors look similar -- such as level of student debt and percentage of graduates with student debt -- but in fact measure different thing; for example, the cost of attending college in that state versus the availability of funding.

The final category -- lifestyle -- looks at amenities (entertainment, further education institutions, recreational establishments) together with the general makeup of the population, educational levels and transit habits. This last category is the most subjective of the three as some graduates may value certain lifestyles more than others; here we have prioritized choice, recreation and the proportion of single, well-educated graduates.

There were some factors that we would have liked to include in this analysis but were unable to find reliable or comprehensive data for. Information on the longevity and stability of employment for new graduates was not available, but is an important consideration for a graduate looking to move to a new city for long-term career reasons. Similarly, geographical data on the number and variety of entry-level work programs designed for graduates was not available.

Below, we break down the statistics we used and their point of origin. Those items marked with an asterisk used state data rather than city data. Click onto the source name on the right to view the data as we originally found it.

Jobs

  1. Percentage Increase in Median Earnings for Having a Bachelor's Degree (vs. No Degree) / U.S. Census Bureau
  2. Percentage of 18-24yr Olds with Bachelor's Degree or Higher / U.S. Census Bureau
  3. Percentage of 25+ yr Olds with Bachelors Degree or Higher / U.S. Census Bureau
  4. Percentage of 25+ yr Olds with Graduate or Professional degree / U.S. Census Bureau
  5. Average Student Debt (4yr Degree or Above) / College InSight
  6. Percentage of Graduates with Student Debt (4yr Degree or Above) / College InSight
  7. Percentage Increase in Median Earnings for Having a Bachelor's Degree (vs. No Degree) / U.S. Census Bureau
  8. Unemployment Rate, 20-24 yr olds / U.S. Census Bureau

Affordability

  1. Difference in Unemployment, 20-24yr olds vs. General Population Unemployment Rate / U.S. Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics
  2. Unemployment Rate, Population 25 to 64 yrs Old With Bachelor's Degree or Higher / U.S. Census Bureau
  3. Percentage of Employed Population Below Poverty Level / U.S. Census Bureau
  4. Poverty Rate for 25+ yr Olds with Bachelor's Degree or Higher / U.S. Census Bureau
  5. Percentage of Full Time Workers with Employer Health Coverage / U.S. Census Bureau
  6. Percentage of Full Time Workers Without Health Coverage / U.S. Census Bureau
  7. Percentage of Part Time Workers with Employer Health Coverage / U.S. Census Bureau
  8. Percentage of Part Time Workers Without Health Coverage / U.S. Census Bureau
  9. Median Gross Rent as a Percentage of Household Income / U.S. Census Bureau

Lifestyle

  1. House Price Estimate, Median Value / U.S. Census Bureau
  2. Percentage of 20-24yr Olds Who Commute to Work on Public Transport / U.S. Census Bureau
  3. Percentage of 20-24yr Olds Who Walk to Work / U.S. Census Bureau
  4. Transit Average Cost / Center for Neighborhood Technology
  5. Number of Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Businesses per 100,000 of Population / U.S. Census Bureau
  6. Number of Retail Businesses per 100,000 of Population / U.S. Census Bureau
  7. Number of Educational Businesses per 100,000 of Population / U.S. Census Bureau
  8. Percentage of Total Population that are Unmarried 20-30yr olds / U.S. Census Bureau
  9. Cost of Groceries Index / Council for Community and Economic Research
  10. Cost of Utilities Index / Council for Community and Economic Research

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