Tuesday, May 10, 2011

The Best Places to Live for College Graduates

Where to Next College Grad?

The Best Places to Live for College Graduates

Graduation is one of the greatest experiences of a student's life and also one of the scariest. It's the time when students need to decide where to live and what they're going to do with the rest of their lives. Sometimes it's as simple as finding the best place to get a job, getting that job offer and off you go. For others, the place they live can be an even bigger decision than what they plan on doing the rest of their lives. Job prospects are, after all, limited to commuting distance.

Following are some of the best places to live for college graduates.

Ithaca, New York

Graduates of Ithaca, New York often stick around after college because of the low unemployment rate. Also, a number of agencies exist in Ithaca to help recent graduates network and find jobs. Nearby Cayuga Lake offers many outdoor activities during the summer while the city is home to a number of museums to entertain residents during winter months.

Hillsboro, Oregon

This suburb of Portland, Oregon is located only an hour from the beach and the mountains, so outdoor enthusiasts will rejoice. Hillsboro is home to Intel, and there are a number of other tech companies moving in and offering more jobs. Another reason this is one of the best places to live for college graduates is because of the low cost of living and non-existant sales tax, perfect for anyone living off of a starting salary.

Austin, Texas

For those craving big city life and warm weather, Austin is a thriving city full of art, music and culture. Austin Texas offers a number of programs to help entrepreneurs which is why it is the small business capital of the country. A 6.8% unemployment rate also gives graduates a relatively good chance to find a job.

Of course, this list isn't an all-inclusive list, but it should give you a good start on finding the best places to live for young people and college graduates.

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