The Best Cities for New College Grads, 2020

This is SmartAsset's sixth study on the best cities for new college grads. They analyzed data for the 115 largest US cities, looking specifically at 10 metrics across three categories: jobs, affordability, and fun!

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  • 1. Cincinnati, Ohio
    Average rent: $633
    Cost of living: $19,713
    Percentage of population between ages 20-29: 19.67%
  • 2. Lexington, Kentucky
    Average rent: $755
    Cost of living: $19,526
    Percentage of population between ages 20-29: 19.19%
  • 3. Milwaukee, Wisconsin
    Average rent: $708
    Cost of living: $20,425
    Percentage of population between ages 20-29: 18.06%
  • 4. Nashville, Tennessee
    Average rent: $965
    Cost of living: $21,421
    Percentage of population between ages 20-29: 18.03%
  • 5. Columbus, Ohio
    Average rent: $794
    Cost of living: $20,253
    Percentage of population between ages 20-29: 19.40%
  • 6. Kansas City, Missouri
    Average rent: $741
    Cost of living: $19,792
    Percentage of population between ages 20-29: 16.37%
  • 7. Madison, Wisconsin
    Average rent: $985
    Cost of living: $22,321
    Percentage of population between ages 20-29: 27.01%
  • 8. Indianapolis, Indiana
    Average rent: $712
    Cost of living: $20,165
    Percentage of population between ages 20-29: 16.09%
  • 9. St. Louis, Missouri
    Average rent: $645
    Cost of living: $20,284
    Percentage of population between ages 20-29: 18.13%
  • 10. Birmingham, Alabama
    Average rent: $645
    Cost of living: $20,284
    Percentage of population between ages 20-29: 18.13%
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