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Top 10 Cities for Recent Grads

By Gradspot Dot Com
5/04/10
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#6: DENVER (pop. 598,707)

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If you're someone who needs open space, Denver is a great launching point for all sorts of outdoor activities, from hiking and biking to skiing and snowmobiling. But it's not just an oversized ski town. Big business, Coors Brewing Company, and the largest population of federal employees outside of Washington, D.C. all call the "Mile High City" home, and downtown Denver has seen successful revitalization efforts in recent years. On top of all that, it was the site of what was arguably the best season of Real World in recent memory, so you can't discount that.

KEY STATS

Major Industries: Energy, government, and finance ("Wall Street of the Rockies")
Climate: Fair amount of precipitation, including snowfall from October to April (Winter—31°F, Summer—72°F)
Transportation: A light rail connects downtown with the suburbs, but you’ll want a car to explore the great outdoors.
Avg. Price of a One Bedroom Apartment: $830*
Cost of Living Index Value: 105**
Closing Time: 2AM
Professional Sports: MLB—Rockies; NFL—Broncos; NBA—Nuggets; NFL—Avalanche
Famous Foodstuffs: Steak
You'll love it if… you want every weekend to be an outdoors adventure
You'll be miserable if… the thought of going for a hike makes you want to die
Best Thing Ever: Rodeos
Worst Thing Ever: Insanely slow drivers

TESTIMONIALS

Denver's a great getaway from the fast pace life of the Northeast. The people tend to be friendlier and more at ease. The close proximity to the Rockies, coupled with 300 days of sunshine per year, enables me to go skiing and golfing on a daily basis during the fall, winter, and spring. Denver is hands down the biggest sports city in the nation and probably the biggest party city in the nation. It is the only city in the country where you can watch box lacrosse in a sold out stadium of 20,000 people, or on TV, and be drinking a beer knowing that you are in a city that drinks more beer than any other city in the country. — Dolan, student

Denver is the gateway to the mountains, and no matter what time of year, the skiing, hiking and climbing are all good ways to meet new people from all over the US and experience the great outdoors. Boutique shopping in Boulder, Cherry Creek, and Denver are some of my favorite Saturday activities, and there are great restaurants all over the city. I like the high energy, driven mentality that surrounds the streets of Denver. - Abby, real-estate agent

Gradspot.com Rating: 81/100

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Comments

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This top 10 list is extremely helpful and interesting to a soon-to-be graduate like myself! I referred this top 10 list on my own blog, aftergradavenues.com.

Considering a move to Chicago in the near future. So glad to see it's #1!

This entire list is entirely bogus. NYC is number 2? Are you kidding me? Fine, NYC has alot of fun stuff going on but were not talking about fun places to take a quick weekend. How about a place where 90% of the grads that move their have to move back out within a year!? I would not take this list as anything but a fun little description of a few cities. I live in LA and can say that only 15% of my city thinks it is in 'entourage', get a clue before you start judging cities based on average rent and 'closing time' (which is 4am in LA btw)

Houston is a great city to live in, but be careful of some of the neighborhoods. After Katrina, the murder rate has gone through the roof. Also if your gay, your only safe in, like, a handful of neighborhoods.

Do not move to CA unless you are moving here for a job that you have already been offered! I know a lot of people that have moved out here excited to start their career, just to find that the job market sucks and they can't get a job. You would be much better off on the east coast.

This list was helpful, but as a recent grad (and life-long resident) of Boston, I was disappointed in how one-sided the description of Beantown was. It seemed like whoever wrote it took a very cliche snapshot of "bro" culture (frats, Sox, beer) instead of actually realizing the unique diversity (one of the largest percentages of international residents), enormous push for arts and alternative culture (MFA, ICA, MassArt), and a pretty serious knack for fashion. C'mon guys! Let's wake up and smell the cliches and try to steer away from them.

I just looked through the blog rankings, and I have to say, they are pretty worthless. Seems like something a couple nitwits whipped together over a weekend, without any real analysis. Their descriptions of the cities are so one-dimensional they are practically worthless.

At first I thought Boston may be ranked only #5 because rents are so high, but NY #2?? NY is a great city, but for recent college grads, it's not so great.

And the blog makes Boston sound like the entire city consists of frat guys watching Red Sox games. Are you kidding me???? North End is worlds apart from Back Bay, which is distinctly different than Southie, which couldn't be more different than the South End, which has a very different population than Beacon Hill. And NOT ONE of those neighborhoods is populated by drunken frat guys types. If the blog were only rating the neighborhoods of rating Allston or Brighton, sure maybe. But you're hard pressed to find much of that outside of those 2 neighborhoods (and if you were just rating those 2 neighborhoods, then the rent drops to about $800 for a 1 BR).

The T stops running too early, but aside form that, it really is a perfect city for young adults (recently ranked #1 for dating scene for young adults). There's the club scene, the preppie scene, the monied crowd scene, the sports-guy scene. It's about as diverse as a city gets.

Knock it for high rent, sure. But the reason rents are so high is because demand is so high. Young adults flock to the city. Let's get some better analysis here, guys.

BTW, as someone who lived in Boston, NY, and L.A. in my 20's, and traveled frequently to Chicago, Atlanta, and D.C. for work, I'd rank them as follows (for recent college grads):

1. Boston
2. D.C.
3. Chicago
4. L.A.
5. Atlanta
6. NY

Boston is exactly as you describe it. This place sucks.

Boston is just like Scranton, with clams!

Atlanta is a fecund garden of kewlness! It's like a breeding ground for an indie-hound like meh! I saw a Throbbing Gristle concert back in the early eighties. I saw R.E.M. when they were just a faint "murmur." My girl Emma gave Robert Pollard a handj0b to get backstage passes to a G.B.V. concert. The place is still kicking too! I bought a thrift store t-shirt for 30 bucks in Little Five Points. I LOVE THIS TOWN BABY!

I was born and bred in NY so I may be biased and would have to say NYC is the greatest city in the world! If you just graduated college and are exploring a move, check out www.postgradapartments.com. We are currently in NYC, Boston and Chicago and plan to be in ten more cities by December of this year!

Ummmm...Chicago summer avg is definitely higher than that (try about 88-95F) and the winters are colder (10-20F)

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