The Top-Rated Cities for New Grads

Only last month Rented Spaces dished out advice about cities where new college graduates should put down roots. But with throngs of bright-eyed college graduates stepping into the real world this month, and looking for apartments, it only seems prudent to revisit the subject.

With another recently published Top Cities for New Grads roundup, job-search site CareerRookie offers up a few ideas not found on our previously-featured list by Gradspot. Plus, for those of you who couldn't stomach the thought of a Chicago winter (the city ranked no. 1 on Gradspot's survey), CareerRookie skips the Windy City altogether for some other interesting apartment-rental locales.

CareerRookie's study takes into account three factors for each city: Census data on the concentration of young adults (ages 20 to 24), availability of jobs requiring less than a year of experience, and the average rental price of a one-bedroom apartment. Gradspot's study took into account "census data and meaningless trivia." (But really, is an area's sports teams and food specialties truly "meaningless"?)

The fact that fully half of the 10 cities on this list didn't feature in the other report just goes to show that studies like this are fairly subjective, depending on the data points evaluated.

Top Cities for New Grads (via CareerRookie.com)
(Dollar figure shows the average monthly rental of a one-bedroom apartment -- click on the name of the city to do your own apartment search.)

1. Atlanta, $723
2. Phoenix, $669
3. Denver, $779
4. Dallas, $740
5. Boston, $1,275
6. Philadelphia, $938
7. New York, $1,366
8. Cincinnati, $613
9. Baltimore, $1,041
10. Los Angeles, $1,319

"Top" lists like these can serve as a good starting point, but do your own research and, once you can narrow down the possible destinations, take a road trip to your potential hometowns. Remember that ultimately you should base your future move on your own priorities and personal criteria before you rule a city out. Or in!

See apartments for rent across the U.S. at AOL Real Estate.

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