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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Whether you land a job after college can depend on a lot of factors — and where you look is definitely one of them.

A new study by ZipRecruiter found that the western U.S. is the place to find a job after college, especially if you want to break into the tech industry.

The study, which looked at the 2017 labor market, surveyed 7 million jobs in the U.S. to find the ratio of open entry-level college jobs to the number of applicants and the overall availability of entry-level college jobs in each city.

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The Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington area topped the list with the most available jobs that are the easiest to obtain. Technology is the city's top industry, with the top job being software engineer.

Out of the top 20 cities with the best job markets, eight of the cities on the list were located in the western U.S. — making it the No. 1 region to score a job. The South had seven cities on the list, the Midwest had three, and the Northeast came in last with two.

The study also found the top industry and job in each city. The tech industry, not surprisingly, topped the list, followed by business, then finance and insurance and then healthcare, respectively.

See the full ranking of cities by ZipRecruiter below:

1. Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN–WI

Top industry: Technology
Top job: Software Engineer
Unemployment rate: 4.2 percent
Median rent: $1,600

2. Kansas City, MO–KS

Top industry: Business
Top job: Account Manager
Unemployment rate: 4.4 percent
Median rent: $850

3. Portland–Vancouver–Beaverton, OR–WA

Top industry: Technology
Top job: Project Manager
Unemployment rate: 3.9 percent
Median rent: $1,950

Seattle, Washington
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Seattle, Washington

4. Seattle–Tacoma–Bellevue, WA

Top industry: Health Care
Top job: Registered Nurse
Unemployment rate: 3.9 percent
Median rent: $2,650

5. Indianapolis–Carmel, IN

Top industry: Technology
Top job: Project Manager
Unemployment rate: 4.2 percent
Median rent: $995

6. Salt Lake City, UT

Top industry: Technology
Top job: Project Manager
Unemployment rate: 3.2 percent
Median rent: $1,495

7. Boston–Cambridge–Quincy, MA–NH

Top industry: Business
Top job: Administrative Assistant
Unemployment rate: 3.7 percent
Median rent: $2,637

San Francisco, California
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San Francisco, California

8. San Francisco–Oakland–Fremont, CA

Top industry: Technology
Top job: Project Manager
Unemployment rate: 3.5 percent
Median rent: $4,325

9. Nashville–Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin, TN

Top industry: Finance and Insurance
Top job: Financial Analyst
Unemployment rate: 3.7 percent
Median rent: $1,695

10. Raleigh–Cary, NC

Top industry: Health Care
Top job: Registered Nurse
Unemployment rate: 4.3 percent
Median rent: $1,387

11. San Antonio, TX

Top industry: Technology
Top job: Project Manager
Unemployment rate: 4.2 percent
Median rent: $1,350

San Diego, California
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San Diego, California

12. San Diego–Carlsbad–San Marcos, CA

Top industry: Technology
Top job: Software Engineer
Unemployment rate: 4.2 percent
Median rent: $2,750

13. Phoenix–Mesa–Scottsdale, AZ

Top industry: Finance and Insurance
To job: Staff Accountant
Unemployment rate: 4.4 percent
Median rent: $1,300

14. Denver-Aurora, CO

Top industry: Business
Top job: Account Manager
Unemployment rate: 3.2 percent
Median rent: $2,000

15. Austin–Round Rock, TX

Top industry: Technology
Top job: Project Manager
Unemployment rate: 3.7 percent
Median rent: $1,895

16. Oklahoma City, OK

Top industry: Business
Top job: Jr. Account Manager
Unemployment rate: 4.3 percent
Median rent: $995

Washington, D.C.
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Washington, D.C.

17. Washington–Arlington–Alexandria, DC–VA–MD–WV

Top industry: Technology
Top job: Software Engineer
Unemployment rate: 3.9 percent
Median rent: $3,100

18. Dallas–Fort Worth–Arlington, TX

Top industry: Finance and Insurance
Top job: Staff Accountant
Unemployment rate: 4.3 percent
Median rent: $1,695

19. Orlando–Kissimmee, FL

Top industry: Technology
Top job: Project Manager
Unemployment rate: 4.3 percent
Median rent: $1,500

20. San Jose–Sunnyvale–Santa Clara, CA

Top industry: Technology
Top job: Project Manager
Unemployment rate: 3.6 percent
Median rent: $3,295

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