Most Affordable Places for College Grads to Live

I can’t believe that grad school is just around the corner. My internship is beginning and I am working on saving up and beginning a new life as a college grad and grad student. A lot of my friends have wondered about the most affordable places to live. I am also looking at where the best places are, but I have to admit I think Atlanta is the best. I have lived here for the past four years, and I’ve fallen in love with this city.

I found this interesting article on Time.com, which talks about the 50 best cities to live in for recent grads with cheap rent and good jobs.

Here is their list:

1. Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX
Monthly Income: $3,188
Percentage of Listings Affordable to Recent College Grad: 18.4%
Percentage of Grad-Friendly Job Postings: 16.7%

2. Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX
Monthly Income: $2,925
Percentage of Listings Affordable to Recent College Grad: 11.1%
Percentage of Grad-Friendly Job Postings: 16.5%

3. Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT
Monthly Income: $2,890
Percentage of Listings Affordable to Recent College Grad: 13.3%
Percentage of Grad-Friendly Job Postings: 19.4%

4. Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD
Monthly Income: $2,882
Percentage of Listings Affordable to Recent College Grad: 13.4%
Percentage of Grad-Friendly Job Postings:19.9%

5. Kansas City, MO-KS
Monthly Income: $2,753
Percentage of Listings Affordable to Recent College Grad: 35.2%
Percentage of Grad-Friendly Job Postings: 14.6%

6. Jacksonville, FL
Monthly Income: $2,724
Percentage of Listings Affordable to Recent College Grad: 17.4%
Percentage of Grad-Friendly Job Postings: 14.2%

7. Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
Monthly Income: $2,713
Percentage of Listings Affordable to Recent College Grad: 10.2%
Percentage of Grad-Friendly Job Postings: 19.5%

8. Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA
Monthly Income: $2,713
Percentage of Listings Affordable to Recent College Grad: 23.7%
Percentage of Grad-Friendly Job Postings: 14.4%

9. Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD
Monthly Income: $2,635
Percentage of Listings Affordable to Recent College Grad: 13.5%
Percentage of Grad-Friendly Job Postings: 18.1%

10. Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC
Monthly Income: $2,635
Percentage of Listings Affordable to Recent College Grad: 15.2%
Percentage of Grad-Friendly Job Postings: 16.5%

11. Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
Monthly Income: $2,635
Percentage of Listings Affordable to Recent College Grad: 27.9%
Percentage of Grad-Friendly Job Postings: 15.1%

12. Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA
Monthly Income: $2,635
Percentage of Listings Affordable to Recent College Grad: 17.1%
Percentage of Grad-Friendly Job Postings: 14.8%

13. Baton Rouge, LA
Monthly Income: $2,632
Percentage of Listings Affordable to Recent College Grad: 15.6%
Percentage of Grad-Friendly Job Postings: 14.5%

14. Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ
Monthly Income: $2,583
Percentage of Listings Affordable to Recent College Grad: 15.4%
Percentage of Grad-Friendly Job Postings: 17.5%

15. Raleigh, NC
Monthly Income: $2,581
Percentage of Listings Affordable to Recent College Grad: 9.8%
Percentage of Grad-Friendly Job Postings: 19.3%

16. Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI
Monthly Income: $2,581
Percentage of Listings Affordable to Recent College Grad: 39.5%
Percentage of Grad-Friendly Job Postings: 18.9%

17. Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI
Monthly Income: $2,581
Percentage of Listings Affordable to Recent College Grad: 12.5%
Percentage of Grad-Friendly Job Postings:17.3%

18. Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN
Monthly Income: $2,581
Percentage of Listings Affordable to Recent College Grad: 18.7%
Percentage of Grad-Friendly Job Postings: 15.6%

19. Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV
Monthly Income: $2,581
Percentage of Listings Affordable to Recent College Grad: 18.2%
Percentage of Grad-Friendly Job Postings: 14.6%

20. Columbus, OH
Monthly Income: $2,545
Percentage of Listings Affordable to Recent College Grad: 22.5%
Percentage of Grad-Friendly Job Postings: 15.1%

21. Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA
Monthly Income: $2,544
Percentage of Listings Affordable to Recent College Grad: 17.9%
Percentage of Grad-Friendly Job Postings: 17.3%

22. Charleston-North Charleston, SC
Monthly Income: $2,544
Percentage of Listings Affordable to Recent College Grad: 11.5%
Percentage of Grad-Friendly Job Postings:13.9%

23. Austin-Round Rock, TX
Monthly Income: $2,539
Percentage of Listings Affordable to Recent College Grad: 10%
Percentage of Grad-Friendly Job Postings: 19.8%

24. Pittsburgh, PA
Monthly Income: $2,527
Percentage of Listings Affordable to Recent College Grad: 27.2%
Percentage of Grad-Friendly Job Postings: 16.2%

25. Ogden-Clearfield, UT
Monthly Income: $2,525
Percentage of Listings Affordable to Recent College Grad: 12.8%
Percentage of Grad-Friendly Job Postings: 15.2%

26. Dayton, OH
Monthly Income: $2,503
Percentage of Listings Affordable to Recent College Grad: 42.8%
Percentage of Grad-Friendly Job Postings: 15.6%

27. Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL
Monthly Income: $2,503
Percentage of Listings Affordable to Recent College Grad: 10.3%
Percentage of Grad-Friendly Job Postings: 15.1%

28. New Orleans-Metairie, LA
Monthly Income: $2,503
Percentage of Listings Affordable to Recent College Grad: 12.7%
Percentage of Grad-Friendly Job Postings: 13.8%

29. Richmond, VA
Monthly Income: $2,500
Percentage of Listings Affordable to Recent College Grad: 19.2%
Percentage of Grad-Friendly Job Postings: 15.9%

30. Bakersfield, CA
Monthly Income: $2,481
Percentage of Listings Affordable to Recent College Grad: 29.2%
Percentage of Grad-Friendly Job Postings: 15.8%

31. St. Louis MO-IL
Monthly Income: $2,459
Percentage of Listings Affordable to Recent College Grad: 32.3%
Percentage of Grad-Friendly Job Postings: 15%

32. Memphis, TN-MS-AR
Monthly Income: $2,447
Percentage of Listings Affordable to Recent College Grad: 28.9%
Percentage of Grad-Friendly Job Postings: 15.3%

33. Cleveland-Elyria, OH
Monthly Income: $2,447
Percentage of Listings Affordable to Recent College Grad: 30.4%
Percentage of Grad-Friendly Job Postings: 15.5%

34. Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
Monthly Income: $2,419
Percentage of Listings Affordable to Recent College Grad: 15.7%
Percentage of Grad-Friendly Job Postings: 13.8%

35. Oklahoma City, OK
Monthly Income: $2,333
Percentage of Listings Affordable to Recent College Grad: 20.3%
Percentage of Grad-Friendly Job Postings: 13.7%

36. Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
Monthly Income: $2,330
Percentage of Listings Affordable to Recent College Grad: 17.1%
Percentage of Grad-Friendly Job Postings: 14%

37. Madison, WI
Monthly Income: $2,311
Percentage of Listings Affordable to Recent College Grad: 15.3%
Percentage of Grad-Friendly Job Postings: 14.8%

38. Modesto, CA
Monthly Income: $2,256
Percentage of Listings Affordable to Recent College Grad: 20.7%
Percentage of Grad-Friendly Job Postings: 14.4%

39. Jackson, MS
Monthly Income: $2,250
Percentage of Listings Affordable to Recent College Grad: 24.1%
Percentage of Grad-Friendly Job Postings: 15.2%

40. Rochester, NY
Monthly Income: $2,198
Percentage of Listings Affordable to Recent College Grad: 18.4%
Percentage of Grad-Friendly Job Postings: 16%

41. Columbia, SC
Monthly Income: $2,151
Percentage of Listings Affordable to Recent College Grad: 14.9%
Percentage of Grad-Friendly Job Postings: 14.1%

42. Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ
Monthly Income: $2,111
Percentage of Listings Affordable to Recent College Grad: 13.7%
Percentage of Grad-Friendly Job Postings: 14.5%

43. Syracuse, NY
Monthly Income: $2,100
Percentage of Listings Affordable to Recent College Grad: 17.9%
Percentage of Grad-Friendly Job Postings: 15.8%

44. Greensboro-High Point, NC
Monthly Income: $2,083
Percentage of Listings Affordable to Recent College Grad: 18.7%
Percentage of Grad-Friendly Job Postings: 14%

45. Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY
Monthly Income: $2,065
Percentage of Listings Affordable to Recent College Grad: 16.1%
Percentage of Grad-Friendly Job Postings: 16.8%

46. Tucson, AZ
Monthly Income: $2,065
Percentage of Listings Affordable to Recent College Grad: 14.9%
Percentage of Grad-Friendly Job Postings: 16.4%

47. Fresno, CA
Monthly Income: $1,917
Percentage of Listings Affordable to Recent College Grad: 10.9%
Percentage of Grad-Friendly Job Postings: 14.9%

48. Albuquerque, NM
Monthly Income: $1,847
Percentage of Listings Affordable to Recent College Grad: 14.2%
Percentage of Grad-Friendly Job Postings: 13.9%

49. Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL
Monthly Income: $1,844
Percentage of Listings Affordable to Recent College Grad: 11.5%
Percentage of Grad-Friendly Job Postings: 16.3%

50. Boise City, ID
Monthly Income: $1,780
Percentage of Listings Affordable to Recent College Grad: 15.5%
Percentage of Grad-Friendly Job Postings: 15.5%

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