compiled a list of the best cities for college graduates based on unemployment rates, mean annual income, cost of living and rental inventory. Unemployment data was pulled from March 2012 and given double weight as obtaining a job would be a college graduate’s main focus.



Raleigh, NC scored in the top 10 with an unemployment rate of 7.8%, cost of living index of 98.2 and a mean annual income of $45,220.Raleigh is one third of the Research Triangle metropolitan region, along with Durham and Chapel Hill. There are several research universities in the area such as North Carolina State, Duke and UNC-Chapel Hill. People are drawn to Raleigh for affordable housing and beautiful weather. With an economy based on three local universities, post-grads looking for jobs in industries like biotech or computers are able to do well.


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