Not every college graduate moves into an apartment or house immediately after receiving a degree – some stay with their parents while they search for work. According to the Pew Research Center, 40 percent of 18- to 24-year-olds live at home.
Sometimes, graduates have to cast wider nets and consider moving out of state to find their dream jobs. Some cities have more open positions and more vibrant cultures than others, and college graduates have to take a serious look at which areas might best suit their needs.
Here are three of America’s best cities to find work and live as a young adult.
1. Boston, MA
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate for the Boston-Cambridge-Quincy metro area sits at 5.8 percent as of October 2012. There are numerous unfilled positions in the healthcare, financial and technological industries, making the area a haven for many new graduates.
Boston also boasts a lively culture, featuring some of the best museums and sporting events in the world.
2. Kansas City, MO
Kansas City is often overshadowed by Dallas and Chicago as one of the Midwest’s best cities. While the unemployment rate is slightly higher than Boston’s at 7.1 percent, CBS News writes that KC’s average rent is only $627 per month. This low cost can be extremely beneficial to young professionals who are earning entry-level salaries.
While Kansas City isn’t widely known for its vibrant culture, the city has sought to improve its image in recent years. The Kansas City Power & Light District is on par with any town’s downtown area. In addition to being home to restaurants and movie theaters, there are usually free events and concerts featuring popular bands like Young The Giant.
3. Seattle, WA
The Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue area has an unemployment rate of only 6.9 percent. The cities are home to some massive companies, including Microsoft and Amazon, that want young employees who can bring new ideas to their teams.
Seattle’s music scene is well-documented, and while not as popular as it was during the early 1990’s, it is still lively. The city is also well known for its loyalty to its underperforming sports teams like the Seahawks and Mariners.
Long distance moving can be difficult, but sometimes it’s the best step for recent college graduates to take. A new city can provide new opportunities and help students transition into adulthood as they find work and learn to live on their own.