Top 10 US Cities Hiring Recent Grads [Infographic]

In the months leading up to and even after graduation, young professionals usually find themselves scouring the Internet searching for cities showing the most potential for job growth. They’re often bombarded by major media outlets’ top 10 lists of places to live based on rent prices, entertainment, average salary and more.

Rarely, however, do young professionals find lists of top cities actually in need of the fresh talent and money they provide for the local economy. To help lure new grads to areas actually recruiting young professionals, featured “10 U.S. Cities Trying To Recruit New Grads.”

A map showing 10 U.S. cities recruiting recent college graduates

1. Niagara Falls, NY

Most young professionals (especially those in the creative or fashion industries) think to flock to New York City after graduation. But NYC’s chilly northern neighbor may actually be a better fit, especially for those with student loan debt. To combat a dwindling population, Niagara Falls is offering to pay student loan debt for two years if young professionals relocate to certain neighborhoods.

2. Dayton, Ohio

Have you ever seen President Obama’s “We’ve Heard it All Before” anti-Romney election commercial? The commercial says under Romney’s governorship, Massachusetts fell to 47th in job creation. Ever notice which state is right below Massachusetts? It’s Ohio. The recession hit the Buckeye state hard, but Dayton’s Learn to Earn project is brightening the state’s job future.

3. Pittsburgh, PA 

To keep talented graduates in the area, Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl sent e-mails to local college and university upperclassmen touting the city’s affordability and job growth. Pittsburgh is enjoys a slow swelling in the healthcare, education, and technology sectors.

4. Baltimore, MD

As part of the Goal 2025 initiative, Baltimore strives to encourage residents to return to the classroom to attain their degrees and stay local once they’ve graduated. Goal 2025 and Baltimore itself continue to inspire and support the 21 percent of residents who have yet to complete their degrees.

5. Omaha, NE

For many recent graduates, traveling through a black hole seems more appealing than relocating to the middle of the country, but Omaha is defying stereotypes. The city upgraded its appeal by adding shops, restaurants and living spaces catering to the 25-35 demographic. Omaha nurtures retention and almost outright encourages brain drain from other cities with its capitalistic inclinations.

Rounding out the top 10 cities/areas were Cincinnati, Ohio; New York City, NY; Houston, TX; rural Kansas; and all of Michigan. To see’s full post, click here.

Would you consider relocating to any of these top 10 cities? Which city or area would you choose and why?


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About the Author: Lisa Gulasy graduated Summa Cum Laude from Kent State University May 2012 with a B.S. in public relations and a minor in advertising. Prior to joining the Come Recommended team, Lisa held two agency PR internships and a corporate copywriting internship. Lisa’s diverse studies and work background have given her proficient skills in copywriting, account management, design, public speaking, video editing, social media, customer service, event planning and more. 



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