Recent College Grads Who Don't Want To Be Poor and Miserable Should Live In One of These 20 Cities

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Recent College Grads Who Don't Want To Be Poor and Miserable Should Live In One of These 20 Cities

Graduating college is hard, and so is finding a job, and so is living a decent life where you have enough money to get by and also have a bit of fun. Depending on where you want to live, and what you want your career to look like, this can start to feel impossible in today’s economy.

Of course, some places are better than others. But which ones? Nerd Wallet put in the work to research that difficult question, and find out which cities in America are the best for recent college graduates. This was their methodology:

NerdWallet analyzed the 100 largest U.S. cities and ranked them according to the places that provide the best environments for college graduates who are just starting out. Our analysis focused on 2014 U.S. Census Bureau data covering job options, the age of the population, rent costs and median earnings, as well as December 2015 unemployment rates from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Based on their findings, it’s fair to say that you really don’t want to live in a small-to-mid-size city in Florida, California, or Nevada, states which contain nine of the bottom ten choices (Detroit is the odd man out). But where do you want to be? Check out the gallery above for the top 20, and be sure to visit Nerd Wallet for all the specific data.