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Best Cities for College Grads

It’s a little more quiet than usual on the Internet this time of year because college students are studying for finals. That means a new crop of graduates is about to flood not just the job market, but the rental market.

So where will the new grads move? Rent.com compiled this list of the best cities for college graduates based on unemployment rates, mean annual income, cost of living and rental inventory for the metropolitan areas. The unemployment data was taken from March 2012, and it was assigned a double weight for this list since securing a job would be a top priority for graduates.

Here are the top 10 cities, in alphabetical order, including three cities from one state. As for the sample apartment photos that appear in each slide, the team at Rent.com selected apartments from trendy neighborhoods in each of the cities and searched for rentals that ranged from $600 to $1,600, in order to represent a wide variety of post-grads.

By Colleen KanePosted 15 May 2012

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