While most college grads tend to move to a bigger city, a new GoodCall report suggests mid-sized cities might be a better choice for those recently out of college. Seven of the top 10 on the list of Best Cities For New Grads were places with fewer than 115,000 residents.
GoodCall analysts looked at factors including affordability, salaries for college graduates, amenities, and job availability to determine which cities offer the best location for a new grad.
Roanoke, Va., came in at No. 1 on the list, followed by Canton, Ohio; Fort Myers, Fla.; Irving, Texas; and Gastonia, N.C., rounding out the top five.
The top cities were spread fairly evenly across the South, Midwest, Southwest, and West, but there were few high-ranking cities in the Northeast.
GoodCall’s analysts reviewed data from 589 cities and towns to determine the list. Roanoke stood out most notably for its amenities and available jobs per capita. Fort Myers was No. 1 in the country for available jobs. Irving was remarkably affordable. Dallas made the top 10 with a boost from its high salaries for college-educated workers.