15 Best Small Cities For New Grads 2019

15 Best Small Cities for New Grads 2019

Finishing college and heading out into the world is an exciting time in life. Deciding where to live can impact your spending, your activities, your engagement level, friendships, outdoor life and even business opportunities.

If you are hooked on the idea of living and working in a small town, this list of the 15 best small cities for new grads could help with your decision-making. With cities located from the West to East coast — and even in the Midwest — our list highlights areas ranked for median earnings for bachelor’s degree holders, number of art and entertainment centers, overall state employment growth and more. New for this year’s list, we also considered factors such as commute time to work and crime rate. In fact, the small cities were rated on seven metrics in all, using a 10-point scale.

To compile this year’s list, we looked at 335 U.S. cities with populations of 50,000 to 150,000, using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. This year’s list features new cities like Abilene, Texas, Bowling Green, Kentucky and College Station, Texas. What you find may surprise you, so keep on reading this OnlineDegrees.com article for highlights on 15 of the best small cities for new grads in the U.S.