The 10 Best U.S. Cities for Job-Seeking Grads

Libby Kane

What does a job-seeking college grad need in a city?

Is it convenience stores open past 10 p.m.? Concert venues that host Fitz and the Tantrums and The Mystery Jets? Four separate frozen yogurt chains?

Or is it things like work-life balance and growth opportunities? That’s more along the lines of the criteria used by job site CareerBliss to find the ten happiest cities in the United States for new college grads.

And you know what? New York and L.A. aren’t on the list.

The happiest cities for job-seeking grads, in descending order, are as follows:

  1. St. Louis, Missouri
  2. Salt Lake City, Utah
  3. Jacksonville, Florida
  4. Memphis, Tennessee
  5. Indianapolis, Indiana
  6. Orlando, Florida
  7. Houston, Texas
  8. San Antonio, Texas
  9. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  10. Birmingham, Alabama

via AOL Jobs

  • Michelle

    WOOHOO for STL! :)

  • AKM

    Ironic. Once I get my MSW in two years, I plan on LEAVING St. Louis ASAP. It’s just awful here. Icky weather, high crime, not-very-pretty scenery…NEXT! The only good thing we have is the Cardinals, frankly. 

  • ranavain

    It’s very odd to me that Memphis is on there, as it has fairly bad unemployment… how useful is work-life balance if you can’t get a job? 

    • D’Rae

      I feel the same way with Indianapolis on there. I got my Bachelors in 2009 and am still in the same job I was then. 

  • Singachick89

    Libby, you should check your grammar: 
    Is it convenience stores open past 10 p.m.? 

    Do you mean convenient? 
    I actually don’t even know what you mean

    • Jr L

      convenience stores is correct–a convenience store is basically a grocery store.

  • HauteCocoa

    While some of this is correct, I think it would have been more helpful to categorize the cities as which is best for grads seeking certain industries, and/or by specialized majors which would inevitably land them in certain industries. For example, I graduated with a media degree and moved back to my home city of Houston after being in another, smaller city for 10 years. It hasn’t been easy at all to find steady work in my desired field here because this is more of a megalopolis for oil & gas/engineering/science fields (as opposed to places like Chicago, New York, Atlanta, LA which are more expensive, but where I would easily have more opportunities for employment or even another internship with skills I could actually sell as desirable). Needless to say, I am saving up for a move while I seek work in other fields and begin a graduate program. Anyway, that may have been a bit off-topic, but I think these things should be considered before getting people excited that certain cities have lower unemployment rates than others, but not dissecting the context. :)

  • Ashleigh Fountain

    I can tell this article was written over a year ago :( #4 and #6 could use an update!