5 Great Cities for New
Graduates
Melissa Nguyen Knows What Makes a
City Appealing to Recent Graduates
AfterCollege Inc. 98...
Boston, Massachusett
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Pros:

A compact city packed with everything you could imagine! There are
colleges, historic buildings, parks and let’s no...
Cons
The winter is devastatingly:cold and the cost of living is pretty
high.

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Those winters can be rough… but remember that Ben Affleck is from there.

I’m worth those
cold winters,
aren’t I?

www.aft...
Now the important stuff!

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$5.00
Average Cost of a Domestic Beer:

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Average Cost of a 1 Bedroom
Apartment

$1,400
$2,000

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Public Transit Score:Excellent.

BUT it does stop running at
12:30 a.m. so be careful!

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Why it’s Great for College
Graduates:
• Big city vibe while still a “walkable” size.
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Lots of ...
Alexandria, Virginia

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Pros
:

Close to all the action in Washington, DC: politics, culture, and a fab bar scene.
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And we mean, like,
really close.
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And let’s not forget about this guy
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Cons
:

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Overall cost of living is pretty high.

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Now the Important
Stuff!
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Average Cost of a Domestic
Beer:

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$5.50

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Average Cost of a 1 Bedroom
Apartment:
$1,200 - $1,600

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Public Transit
Score:

Fair.

Buses and trolleys are
available but their reach is
not widespread.

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Why it’s a good city for recent graduates:

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Easy for young professionals
to network since there are so
many “transpl...
Chicago, Illinois:

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Pros:

Fast-paced city with museums galore, baseball games, and skyscrapers.
www.aftercollege.com

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Cons
:

Winters are COLD. Summers are HOT. A crowded city – 3rd most populated in the U.S.
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It’s hard to feel cool in those hot summers, but what’s cooler than Chicago being home to The
Second City Improvisation cl...
Now the Important
Stuff!
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Average cost of a domestic
beer:

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$5.00

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Average cost of a 1 bedroom apartment:
$1,000 $1,500

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Public transit
score:

Excellent.

Most residents take
the train, bus, or cabs
if necessary.

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Why it’s a good city for recent
graduates:
• Home to alumni of
some fantastic
universities.
• Fairly clean city.
• Great c...
Austin,
Texas

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Pros
:

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• Great place for “outdoorsy folks.” You can rock
climb, hike, ride bikes, or play pickup so...
Cons:

www.aftercollege.com

• Blistering summer heat.
• Lack of public transportation.
• Habitat to carnivorous mosquitos...
Now the Important
Stuff!
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Average cost of a domestic
beer:

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$3.00

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Average cost of a 1 bedroom
apartment:

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$900 $1,300

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Public Transit
Score:

Poor.

Downtown Austin has bus
lines. But to get downtown
commuters must take a
train.

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Why it’s a good city for recent
A green haven for artists, creative folks, and intellectuals.
graduates:
Home to the South...
Houston,
Texas

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Pros
:

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• There’s something for everyone –
museums, sports, music.
• A large city with a little bit ...
Cons It’s difficult to escape the scorching heat of the summer.
:

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Now the Important
Stuff!
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Average cost of a domestic
beer:

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$2.75

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Average cost of a 1 bedroom apartment:

$800 – $1,200
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Poor.
Public transit
There’s a light rail that runs through limited sections of the city and buses downtown. BUT it’s
scor...
Why it’s a good city for recent
cities.
graduates: •• One of the largest and most ethnically diverseAmerica.”
Business Ins...
Want
more?

Read Melissa’s full article at blog.aftercollege.com: 5 Great
Cities for New Graduates

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Pics
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Boston, Massachusetts
“Boston á l’huere bleue” Photo courtesy of Emmanuel Huybrechts
http://www.flickr.com/photos/...
Pics
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“Community Leader and High School Teacher Anthony Bruno” Photo courtesy of the U.S.
National Archives and Records ...
Pics
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http://www.flickr.com/photos/perspective/
“?! These are not projects!?” Photo courtesy of Omar Bárcena
http://www....
Pics
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Chicago, Illinois
“Chicago Skyline @ Night” Photo courtesy of Rhys A.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rhysasplundh/
“...
Pics
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“Tina Fey & Jeff Richmond” Photo courtesy of Nick Step
http://www.flickr.com/photos/nickstep/
“Steve Carrell, Get ...
Pics
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Austin Texas
“Austin Texas Lake Front” Photo courtesy of Stuart Seeger
http://www.flickr.com/photos/stuseeger/
“Au...
Pics
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“Austin Metrorail” Photo courtesy of Denis Bocquet
http://www.flickr.com/photos/66944824@N05/
“GDC Online 2011_Mon...
Pics
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“Fountain at Discovery Green” Photo courtesy of Adam Baker
http://www.flickr.com/photos/atbaker/
“me want beer” ph...
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  1. 1. 5 Great Cities for New Graduates Melissa Nguyen Knows What Makes a City Appealing to Recent Graduates AfterCollege Inc. 98 Battery Street, 5th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94111 PHONE: 877-725-7721 · FAX: 415-263-1307 · www.aftercollege.com · sales@aftercollege.com
  2. 2. Boston, Massachusett s www.aftercollege.com 2
  3. 3. Pros: A compact city packed with everything you could imagine! There are colleges, historic buildings, parks and let’s not forget it’s where Dunkin’ Donuts was founded! www.aftercollege.com 3
  4. 4. Cons The winter is devastatingly:cold and the cost of living is pretty high. www.aftercollege.com 4
  5. 5. Those winters can be rough… but remember that Ben Affleck is from there. I’m worth those cold winters, aren’t I? www.aftercollege.com 5
  6. 6. Now the important stuff! www.aftercollege.com 6
  7. 7. $5.00 Average Cost of a Domestic Beer: www.aftercollege.com 7
  8. 8. Average Cost of a 1 Bedroom Apartment $1,400 $2,000 www.aftercollege.com 8
  9. 9. Public Transit Score:Excellent. BUT it does stop running at 12:30 a.m. so be careful! www.aftercollege.com 9
  10. 10. Why it’s Great for College Graduates: • Big city vibe while still a “walkable” size. • • • www.aftercollege.com Lots of bars, people, music, and culture. A networking city with a youthful energy. Oh, and a LOT of craft beers. 10
  11. 11. Alexandria, Virginia www.aftercollege.com 11
  12. 12. Pros : Close to all the action in Washington, DC: politics, culture, and a fab bar scene. www.aftercollege.com 12
  13. 13. And we mean, like, really close. www.aftercollege.com 13
  14. 14. And let’s not forget about this guy www.aftercollege.com 14
  15. 15. Cons : www.aftercollege.com Overall cost of living is pretty high. 15
  16. 16. Now the Important Stuff! www.aftercollege.com 16
  17. 17. Average Cost of a Domestic Beer: www.aftercollege.com $5.50 17
  18. 18. Average Cost of a 1 Bedroom Apartment: $1,200 - $1,600 www.aftercollege.com 18
  19. 19. Public Transit Score: Fair. Buses and trolleys are available but their reach is not widespread. www.aftercollege.com 19
  20. 20. Why it’s a good city for recent graduates: • • Easy for young professionals to network since there are so many “transplants” looking for new acquaintances. A great variety of food and outdoor activities available. www.aftercollege.com 20
  21. 21. Chicago, Illinois: www.aftercollege.com 21
  22. 22. Pros: Fast-paced city with museums galore, baseball games, and skyscrapers. www.aftercollege.com 22
  23. 23. Cons : Winters are COLD. Summers are HOT. A crowded city – 3rd most populated in the U.S. www.aftercollege.com 23
  24. 24. It’s hard to feel cool in those hot summers, but what’s cooler than Chicago being home to The Second City Improvisation club where Tina Fey, Steve Carrell, and Stephen Colbert all got their starts? www.aftercollege.com 24
  25. 25. Now the Important Stuff! www.aftercollege.com 25
  26. 26. Average cost of a domestic beer: www.aftercollege.com $5.00 26
  27. 27. Average cost of a 1 bedroom apartment: $1,000 $1,500 www.aftercollege.com 27
  28. 28. Public transit score: Excellent. Most residents take the train, bus, or cabs if necessary. www.aftercollege.com 28
  29. 29. Why it’s a good city for recent graduates: • Home to alumni of some fantastic universities. • Fairly clean city. • Great combination of urban and suburban lifestyle. www.aftercollege.com 29
  30. 30. Austin, Texas www.aftercollege.com 30
  31. 31. Pros : www.aftercollege.com • Great place for “outdoorsy folks.” You can rock climb, hike, ride bikes, or play pickup soccer. • Great restaurants. • Inexpensive. 31
  32. 32. Cons: www.aftercollege.com • Blistering summer heat. • Lack of public transportation. • Habitat to carnivorous mosquitos 32
  33. 33. Now the Important Stuff! www.aftercollege.com 33
  34. 34. Average cost of a domestic beer: www.aftercollege.com $3.00 34
  35. 35. Average cost of a 1 bedroom apartment: www.aftercollege.com $900 $1,300 35
  36. 36. Public Transit Score: Poor. Downtown Austin has bus lines. But to get downtown commuters must take a train. www.aftercollege.com 36
  37. 37. Why it’s a good city for recent A green haven for artists, creative folks, and intellectuals. graduates: Home to the South’s tech boom. • • • Great for young professionals. Dell, IBM, Intel and more call this city home. www.aftercollege.com 37
  38. 38. Houston, Texas www.aftercollege.com 38
  39. 39. Pros : www.aftercollege.com • There’s something for everyone – museums, sports, music. • A large city with a little bit of country for those who need a break from the fastpaced lifestyle. 39
  40. 40. Cons It’s difficult to escape the scorching heat of the summer. : www.aftercollege.com 40
  41. 41. Now the Important Stuff! www.aftercollege.com 41
  42. 42. Average cost of a domestic beer: www.aftercollege.com $2.75 42
  43. 43. Average cost of a 1 bedroom apartment: $800 – $1,200 www.aftercollege.com 43
  44. 44. Poor. Public transit There’s a light rail that runs through limited sections of the city and buses downtown. BUT it’s score: mainly a car city. www.aftercollege.com 44
  45. 45. Why it’s a good city for recent cities. graduates: •• One of the largest and most ethnically diverseAmerica.” Business Insider named Houston “Best City in • Strong, steadily growing job market. • Affordable! www.aftercollege.com 45
  46. 46. Want more? Read Melissa’s full article at blog.aftercollege.com: 5 Great Cities for New Graduates www.aftercollege.com 46
  47. 47. Pics : Boston, Massachusetts “Boston á l’huere bleue” Photo courtesy of Emmanuel Huybrechts http://www.flickr.com/photos/ensh/ “Bill Carrigan, Boston, AL (Baseball)” 1913. Photo courtesy of The Library of Congress http://www.flickr.com/photos/library_of_congress/ “The Charles from the new office” Photo courtesy of Andreas Matern http://www.flickr.com/photos/amatern/ “Ben Affleck” Photo courtesy of Elen Nivrae http://www.flickr.com/photos/nivrae/with/10675218276/ “New Donuts” Photo courtesy of Q Family http://www.flickr.com/photos/dasqfamily/ “Boston Beer Works” Photo Collage: Photo courtesy of “.sanden.” http://www.flickr.com/photos/daphid/ “Anthony Bruno and Daughter and Daughter Sandra Outside of Their Home 39 Neptune Road Near Logan Airport “ Photo courtesy of the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration http://www.flickr.com/photos/usnationalarchives/ www.aftercollege.com 47
  48. 48. Pics : “Community Leader and High School Teacher Anthony Bruno” Photo courtesy of the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration http://www.flickr.com/photos/usnationalarchives/ Boston, MA Public Transit Slide Photo courtesy of “Eric E Johnson” http://www.flickr.com/photos/ericejohnson/ “Young Adults” Photos courtesy of Weekly Dig http://www.flickr.com/photos/weeklydig/ “Weird Beard Five O’Clock Shadow” Photo courtesy of Bernt Rostad http://www.flickr.com/photos/brostad/ Alexandria Virginia “Alexandria Virginia” Photo courtesy of Zaimoku_Woodpile http://www.flickr.com/photos/11250735@N07/ “Alexandria city seal wayfinder” Photo courtesy William F. Yurasko http://www.flickr.com/photos/wfyurasko/ www.aftercollege.com 48
  49. 49. Pics : http://www.flickr.com/photos/perspective/ “?! These are not projects!?” Photo courtesy of Omar Bárcena http://www.flickr.com/photos/omaromar/ “It was doggie Halloween in Old Town, Alexandria.” Photo courtesy of Jessica Spengler http://www.flickr.com/photos/wordridden/ Photo of couple outside shop. Photo courtesy of Metro Max http://www.flickr.com/photos/mymetrostop/ “Rustico” Photo courtesy of Daniel Lobo http://www.flickr.com/photos/daquellamanera/ Cost of 1 bedroom apartment: “Alexandria Virginia” Photo courtesy of Zaimoku_Woodpile http://www.flickr.com/photos/11250735@N07/ Public Transit: “DASH Orion V” Photo courtesy of Jason Lawrence http://www.flickr.com/photos/27665395@N05/ www.aftercollege.com 49
  50. 50. Pics : Chicago, Illinois “Chicago Skyline @ Night” Photo courtesy of Rhys A. http://www.flickr.com/photos/rhysasplundh/ “Wrigley Field” Photo courtesy of Ed Schipul http://www.flickr.com/photos/eschipul/ “Chicago-Museum-of-Science-and-Industry 030” Photo courtesy of Brent Payne http://www.flickr.com/photos/brentdpayne/ “Chicago Title Building 02” Photo courtesy of Chicago Architecture Today http://www.flickr.com/photos/chicagoarchitecturetoday/ “NAy Pier Crowds - Chicago, IL” Photo courtesy of Dustin Gaffke http://www.flickr.com/photos/onepointfour/ “Chicago Winter” Photo courtesy of Brad Hagan http://www.flickr.com/photos/bradhoc/ “Winter on My Street” Photo courtesy of BluEyedA73 http://www.flickr.com/photos/blueyeda73/ “A group of us went to see a comedy act called "The Red Scare" at Second City.” Photo courtesy of Sean Benham http://www.flickr.com/photos/spablab/ www.aftercollege.com 50
  51. 51. Pics : “Tina Fey & Jeff Richmond” Photo courtesy of Nick Step http://www.flickr.com/photos/nickstep/ “Steve Carrell, Get Smart” Photo courtesy of TV Squad Julia http://www.flickr.com/photos/tvsquadjulia/ “Stephen Colbert brought his T.V. Show” Photo courtesy of Expert Infantry http://www.flickr.com/photos/expertinfantry/ “Goose Island Beer - Baconfest 2013” Photo courtesy of Anne Petersen http://www.flickr.com/photos/opacity/ “My Chicago Apartment” Photos courtesy of Dan Fornal http://www.flickr.com/photos/dfornal/ “Chicago ‘L’” Photo courtesy of Rene Schwietzke http://www.flickr.com/photos/renegermany/ “Bar Friends” Photo courtesy of Glenn Harper http://www.flickr.com/photos/glennharper/ “Chicago (ILL) Downtown : N Michigan Ave ‘The Magnificient Mile ‘“ Photo courtesy of Vincent Desjardins http://www.flickr.com/photos/endymion120/ www.aftercollege.com 51
  52. 52. Pics : Austin Texas “Austin Texas Lake Front” Photo courtesy of Stuart Seeger http://www.flickr.com/photos/stuseeger/ “Austin_Picnic” Photo courtesy of Ken Mayer http://www.flickr.com/photos/ken_mayer/ “Urban Assault climb on Barton Creek” Photo courtesy of Bruce Turner http://www.flickr.com/photos/whiskeytango/ “The play’s at second” Photo courtesy of Jenn Deering Davis http://www.flickr.com/photos/hayesandjenn/ “Goddamn it” Photo courtesy of Chelsea Gomez (Oakes) http://www.flickr.com/photos/pyxopotamus/ “Bhkm” Photo courtesy of Hans Gotun http://www.flickr.com/photos/hansgotun/ “512(18)” Photo courtesy of Jen W http://www.flickr.com/photos/atxjen/ “beer” Photo courtesy of Aaron Vazquez http://www.flickr.com/photos/cavalierhorn/ “Lofty Goals” Photo courtesy of Matthew Rutledge http://www.flickr.com/photos/rutlo/ “East Austin in Unifix Cubes” Photo courtesy of Matthew Rutledge http://www.flickr.com/photos/rutlo/ www.aftercollege.com 52
  53. 53. Pics : “Austin Metrorail” Photo courtesy of Denis Bocquet http://www.flickr.com/photos/66944824@N05/ “GDC Online 2011_Monday_Special Event_Mixer” Photo courtesy of Official GDC http://www.flickr.com/photos/officialgdc/ “6th and red river” Photo courtesy of Davidlohr Bueso http://www.flickr.com/photos/daverugby83/ Houston, Texas “Morning View from Hotel Derek - Houston - Texas” Photo courtesy of Thomas Munter http://www.flickr.com/photos/romtomtom/ “Update: Houston Skyline, from Old MKT Railroad Trestle over White Oak” Photo courtesy of Patrick Feller http://www.flickr.com/photos/nakrnsm/ “Tug Nita E, Heading Upstream Past Lockwood Bridge, Houston Texas” Photo courtesy of Patrick Feller http://www.flickr.com/photos/nakrnsm/ “Train Crossing Buffalo Bayou, Downstream from US Hwy 59, Houston, Texas” Photo courtesy of Patrick Feller http://www.flickr.com/photos/nakrnsm/ www.aftercollege.com 53
  54. 54. Pics : “Fountain at Discovery Green” Photo courtesy of Adam Baker http://www.flickr.com/photos/atbaker/ “me want beer” photo courtesy of D.C. Atty http://www.flickr.com/photos/figgenhoffer/ “Saint Arnold’s Brewery” Photo courtesy of Beau http://www.flickr.com/photos/beaub/ “Houston - Kingfisher Beer at Yatra” Photo courtesy of Josh Hallet http://www.flickr.com/photos/hyku/ “Sage Hollow Apartments” Photo courtesy of Milestone Management http://www.flickr.com/photos/milestonemanagement/ “Public Transportation” Photo courtesy of jjsala http://www.flickr.com/photos/jjsala/ “Summer Fest Houston - 1373” Photo courtesy of Joe Van http://www.flickr.com/photos/glowjangles/ “Houston Skills Event” Photo courtesy of DIBP images http://www.flickr.com/photos/diacimages/ “beadles” photo courtesy of Raymond Bucko, SJ http://www.flickr.com/photos/kishka_king/ “Shrine” photo courtesy of Raymond Bucko, SJ http://www.flickr.com/photos/kishka_king/ www.aftercollege.com 54
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