Best 10 cities for recent college graduates

Finding a job after college is imperative for many college seniors and some cities offer more career opportunities than others. As we approach graduation season, NerdWallet crunched the numbers to find the best cities in the US for recent college graduates. Can you guess which city came out on top? 

2. Seattle

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A passenger on the Bainbridge Island Ferry takes a cell phone photo of the skyline in Seattle. Protected by mountains on three sides and cooled by blasts of fresh ocean air, Seattle, the capital of the Pacific Northwest, is a summer haven for book readers, coffee-drinkers and outdoor adventurers who don't want to stray too far from a good dinner.

Population between 20-29: 20.4 percent

Population 25 or older with a Bachelor's degree: 34.5 percent

Median earnings for Bachelor's degree holders: $50,578

Cost of living index: 119.1

Workers with management, business, science or arts jobs: 56.5 percent

Unemployment rate: 6 percent

Overall score: 75.67

Seattle is one of the most educated places in the country—34.5 percent of the city’s population 25 and over hold a Bachelor’s degree, the highest mark of all 50 cities in the study. The top industries in the city include aerospace, information technology, clean technology and healthcare, while the largest employer is the University of Washington, which also produces more graduates than any other college in Seattle.

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