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Austin, Texas

Unemployment rate: 6%
Cost of living index: 95.5
Mean annual income: $47,340
Top industries: technology, pharmaceutical, biotechnology

Austin, the state capital and home of the University of Texas, prides itself on weirdness. “A quickly growing city, Austin boasts a low cost of living and neighborhoods with character ranging from funky to serene,” says Christina Aragon, director of strategy and customer insights at Rent.com. “A thriving music scene will inspire recent grads to partake in the arts.”

Stuart Seeger | Flickr | Creative CommonsInset: rent.com