Best Cities for Recent Grads

As millions ponder where to unpack their bags after four years at college, The Daily Beast sorts through the stats for its second annual ranking of which cities offer the brightest future.

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1, Fayetteville, N.C.

Population: 360,355
Percent of population between age 22-24: 6.4 percent
Cost of Living Index: 95.3
Percent of housing units for rental: 44 percent
Unemployment rate: 9.1
Average per-capita personal income: $40,045

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2, Omaha, Neb.

Population: 849,491
Percent of population between age 22-24: 4.1 percent
Cost of Living Index: 88.2
Percent of housing units for rental: 33 percent
Unemployment rate: 5.1
Average per-capita personal income: $42,982

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3, Oklahoma City, Okla.

Population: 1,227,278
Percent of population between age 22-24: 4.8 percent
Cost of Living Index: 92.6
Percent of housing units for rental: 35 percent
Unemployment rate: 5.2
Average per-capita personal income: $38,742

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5, Houston, Texas

Population: 5,865,086
Percent of population between age 22-24: 4.1 percent
Cost of Living Index: 91.9
Percent of housing units for rental: 38 percent
Unemployment rate: 8.3
Average per-capita personal income: $46,570

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6, Lexington, Ky.

Population: 470,849
Percent of population between age 22-24: 5.8 percent
Cost of Living Index: 95.4
Percent of housing units for rental: 41 percent
Unemployment rate: 8.4
Average per-capita personal income: $35,715

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7, Durham, N.C.

Population: 501,228
Percent of population between age 22-24: 4.5 percent
Cost of Living Index: 96.3
Percent of housing units for rental: 38 percent
Unemployment rate: 7.1
Average per-capita personal income: $41,008

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8, Dallas, Texas

Population: 6,447,228
Percent of population between age 22-24: 3.9 percent
Cost of Living Index: 91.9
Percent of housing units for rental: 38 percent
Unemployment rate: 8.1
Average per-capita personal income: $41,764

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9, Tulsa, Okla.

Population: 930,246
Percent of population between age 22-24: 4.1 percent
Cost of Living Index: 88.0
Percent of housing units for rental: 33 percent
Unemployment rate: 6.5
Average per-capita personal income: $40,402

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10, Little Rock, Ark.

Population: 686,212
Percent of population between age 22-24: 4.2 percent
Cost of Living Index: 96.1
Percent of housing units for rental: 36 percent
Unemployment rate: 6.8
Average per-capita personal income: $39,431

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11, Savannah, Ga.

Population: 343,092
Percent of population between age 22-24: 4.9 percent
Cost of Living Index: 93.1
Percent of housing units for rental: 37 percent
Unemployment rate: 8.6
Average per-capita personal income: $38,348

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12, Washington, D.C.

Population: 5,476,241
Percent of population between age 22-24: 4.1 percent
Cost of Living Index: 139.7
Percent of housing units for rental: 34 percent
Unemployment rate: 5.8
Average per-capita personal income: $56,984

13, Boston, Mass.

Population: 4,588,680
Percent of population between age 22-24: 4.1 percent
Cost of Living Index: 131.1
Percent of housing units for rental: 37 percent
Unemployment rate: 7.1
Average per-capita personal income: $53,553

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14, Corpus Christi, Texas

Population: 416,095
Percent of population between age 22-24: 4.3 percent
Cost of Living Index: 91.3
Percent of housing units for rental: 37 percent
Unemployment rate: 7.9
Average per-capita personal income: $36,558

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15, Baton Rouge, La.

Population: 786,947
Percent of population between age 22-24: 6.0 percent
Cost of Living Index: 96.4
Percent of housing units for rental: 32 percent
Unemployment rate: 8.2
Average per-capita personal income: $38,107

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16, New Orleans, La.

Population: 1,189,981
Percent of population between age 22-24: 3.8 percent
Cost of Living Index: 95.8
Percent of housing units for rental: 34 percent
Unemployment rate: 7.9
Average per-capita personal income: $42,705

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19, Des Moines, Iowa

Population: 562,993
Percent of population between age 22-24: 3.7 percent
Cost of Living Index: 91.2
Percent of housing units for rental: 29 percent
Unemployment rate: 6.6
Average per-capita personal income: $42,012

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17, Columbus, Ohio

Population: 1,801,848
Percent of population between age 22-24: 3.6 percent
Cost of Living Index: 92.8
Percent of housing units for rental: 37 percent
Unemployment rate: 7.6
Average per-capita personal income: $37,999

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18, Stamford, Conn.

Population: 901,208
Percent of population between age 22-24: 3.3 percent
Cost of Living Index: 146.5
Percent of housing units for rental: 30 percent
Unemployment rate: 8.7
Average per-capita personal income: $74,767

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20, Shreveport, La.

Population: 391,516
Percent of population between age 22-24: 3.9 percent
Cost of Living Index: 96.1
Percent of housing units for rental: 35 percent
Unemployment rate: 7.2
Average per-capita personal income: $38,358

21, Seattle, Wash.

Population: 3,407,848
Percent of population between age 22-24: 4.1 percent
Cost of Living Index: 120.2
Percent of housing units for rental: 38 percent
Unemployment rate: 9.2
Average per-capita personal income: $50,378

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22, Albany, N.Y.

Population: 857,592
Percent of population between age 22-24: 4.6 percent
Cost of Living Index: 107.7
Percent of housing units for rental: 33 percent
Unemployment rate: 7.2
Average per-capita personal income: $42,206

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23, San Antonio, Texas

Population: 2,073,092
Percent of population between age 22-24: 4.3 percent
Cost of Living Index: 96.2
Percent of housing units for rental: 35 percent
Unemployment rate: 7.3
Average per-capita personal income: $36,285

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24, Kalamazoo, Mich.

Population: 326,634
Percent of population between age 22-24: 6.5 percent
Cost of Living Index: 90.8
Percent of housing units for rental: 33 percent
Unemployment rate: 9.5
Average per-capita personal income: $33,075

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25, Honolulu, Hawaii

Population: 907,574
Percent of population between age 22-24: 4.8 percent
Cost of Living Index: 166.7
Percent of housing units for rental: 45 percent
Unemployment rate: 5.1
Average per-capita personal income: $45,496