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Best Cities For New Grads

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With a tough job market, many college graduates may need to look far and wide for a place to start their careers. CareerRookie.com and Apartment.com worked out a list of the best cities for new grads to live in ,based on the number of entry-level jobs available, the average price of an apartment and the population of 20 to 24-year-olds. We’ve added the average salary in those cities from government data to get a better idea of what working in that city could be like. (The sites don't release the number of jobs because.)

Click on to check out which cities ranked on top.

(Sources: Rankings by Apartments.com and CareerRookie.com. Population numbers from the 2006 U.S. Census. Apartment rents from Apartments.com. Average salary from Bureau of Labor Statistics.)

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Posted May 28, 2010

10. Los Angeles, Calif.

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Average one-bedroom rent: $1,319

Population: 3,749,058

Population of 20-24-year-olds: 294,873

Average salary: $47,640


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9. Baltimore, Md.

: 631,366 : 47,447 : $1,130
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Average one-bedroom rent: $1,041

Population: 639,343

Population of 20-24-year-olds: 49,070

Average salary: $47,030


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8. Cincinnati, Ohio

: 302,616 : 27,322 : $691
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Average one-bedroom rent: $613

Population: 299,577

Population of 20-24-year-olds: 25,728

Average salary: $41,700


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7. New York, N.Y.

: 8,214,426 : 563,415 : $1,548
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Average one-bedroom rent: $1,366

Population: 8,308,163

Population of 20-24-year-olds: 575,506

Average salary: $52,820


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6. Philadelphia, Pa.

: 1,448,394 : 104,517 : $1,034
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Average one-bedroom rent: $938

Population: 1,448,911

Population of 20-24-year-olds: 106,934

Average salary: $46,410


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5. Boston, Mass.

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Average one-bedroom rent: $1,275

Population: 613,086

Population of 20-24-year-olds: 65,397

Average salary: $53,680


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4. Dallas, Texas

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Average one-bedroom rent: $740

Population: 1,214,287

Population of 20-24-year-olds: 86,595

Average salary: $42,900


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3. Denver, Colo.

: 566,974 : 34,639 : $877
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Average one-bedroom rent: $779

Population: 584,563

Population of 20-24-year-olds: 34,597

Average salary: $47,150


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2. Phoenix, Ariz.

: 1,429,637 : 94,630 : $747
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Average one-bedroom rent: $669

Population: 1,468,633

Population of 20-24-year-olds: 96,824

Average salary: $40,110


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1. Atlanta, Ga.

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Average one-bedroom rent: $723

Population: 445,709

Population of 20-24-year-olds: 36,820

Average salary: $44,170


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