Top Cities for Entry-Level Jobs

Some career advice from the 1800s included the famous quote "Go West young man." The 2010 version of that quote should be "Go South young man."

According to a new survey by Businessweek.com, many of the best cities for recent college students to look for work are in the South. And, if you are heading to many cities on the top 30 list, you might want to start shopping for cowboy boots.

Houston is at the top of the list this year, based on a compilation of job openings for new college grads. Growth in energy and health-related jobs have fueled the hiring boom there. Of the top 30 cities for jobs, 13 of the cities are new from the year before, and five of those cities are in Texas. Not only are southern towns fueling more new grad jobs, they are also praised for having much lower costs of living than their counterparts on the coasts, which is more good news for first-time workers.

Not surprisingly, the second city on the list is Washington, D.C., which marginally can be considered a southern town. The expansion of the federal government has fueled both public and private sector jobs.

Cities like Chicago, which were on the top 30 list last year, have dropped off the list, thanks to the ongoing effects of the recession.

Of course, some people take a more practical look at the rankings of cities for recent grads, focused on more than just a job. The Daily Beast recently put together its own list of the top 25 cities for college graduates. The list was based on a Gallup survey of 28,000 20-somethings and included factors such as sense of community and long-term desire to stay in the town. The list is a lot different than the Business Week list. Many of the cities are college towns such as Ithaca, N.Y. (No. 1 on the list) and Madison, Wisc.

One city that pops up on almost all of these lists is Austin, Texas ( No. 5 on both the Daily Beast and Business Week surveys). The combination of job availability, college-town atmosphere and overall hipness make this one of the best places for recent grads to head.

Of course, the best town for any person is the one where you actually get a job.

Next: Best Places to Work for College Grads

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Walt Giuffrida

I HAVE SPENT A LOT OF TIME IN TEXAS, YES AUSTIN IS THE EXCEPTEION TO TEXAS, MAINY BECAUSE IT HAS A VERY GOOD UNIVERSITY AND BRINGS IN A LOT OF KIDS FROM OTHER PLACES. HOWEVER DALLAS IS A BIG PRETINCIOUS CONCRETE JUNGLE, HOUSTON IS THE 2ND WORST CITY I HAVE EVER BEEN NEXT TO NEWARK, NJ, EXCEPT HOUSTON IS 10 TIMES BIGGER AND WORST, THE WORST TRAFFIC ON EARTH. TEXAS IS FULL OF NARROW MINDED PEOPLE, THAT THINK WITH ONLY THE RIGHT PART OF THEIR BRAIN, THE TELEVISION AND NEWS PAPERS ARE SO SLANTED TO THE RIGHT, IT IS PATHATIC. THE HEAT, IS LIKE AFRICA, THE REDNECKS SHIT KICKING MORONS ARE 4 TIMES THE NATIONAL AVERAGE. AGAIN I DO LIKE AUSTIN IN NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER, PERIOD, TEXAS HILL COUNTRY DURING THE BLUE BELLS BLOOMING IS REALLY BEAUTIFUL BUT FOR THE MOST PART ----THESE IDIOTS THINK THAT TEXAS IS ANOTHER COUNTRY AND IN SOME WAYS IT IS, A PLACE WHERE STUPID RIGH WINGERS CAN FLOUISH, AMAZINGLY THERE IS A LOT OF MONEY THANKS TO OIL AND A FEW OTHER THINGS. I DO MY BEST TO NOT EVEN FLY OVER THAT PLACE, AND FOR NORMAL PEOPLE THAT ACTUALLY USE THEIR WHOLE BRAIN ---DON'T.

July 27 2010 at 2:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
John In Texas, Retired LAPD

TRUE REAL LIFE STORY IN MY CASE!!! I was born, raised and educated in CALIF. I moved to Los Angeles in 1984 where I worked for the LAPD FOR 25 YEARS! I am middle of the road in many of political views-had a great life with family in the "Golden State". Then and "on duty" injury left me unable to work anymore-in 2008, I retired from police work. I found I COULD NO LONGER LIVE AS I WANTED IN CALIF!

High Tax, High cost of gas, electricity, insurance, health care, property tax, and so on made my Calif dream a nightmare. So, I sold EVERYTHING EXCEPT MY ANIMALS-AND GOT OUT! I went to Texas-you should have listen to the BS I was told be some who never had been to Texas "they are homophobic", "they are rednecks", "they are poor" blah blah blah!

On June 27th 2010, I and my partner have been Texans for 1 year now! DO IT LOVE IT IN TEXAS-WELL, "DAMN STRAIGHT BOY I DO!" My pension goes so much farther it is not even funny!

My property tax dropped from 6,700 to 2,000.00! My fuel costs are 2.50 a gallon-in CAL it is 3.00 or more! My sales tax dropped from 10% in CAL to 7% and in some cases NONE if I choose to pay cash! TEXAS HAS NO STATE INCOME TAX-CALIF RAISED THEIRS AGAIN! My DMV fees for two pick ups in Calif for 2010 was 1,200.00 for one year-In Texas is it 200.00! you cannot argue numbers like this!

My UPS lady is from Long Beach, My nieghbor from Thousand Oaks, people at my gym-San Diego. We are from Los Anegels-over 800,000 have left CALIF for other states.

keep kidding yourselves-this artical nails it right on the head!

July 27 2010 at 1:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Donna

You make me sad to be from the North....WOW!!!! Oh by the way...my niece and brother in law have moved to Texas from Conneticut and have HIGHER paid jobs now, in Houston. Before you speak....they're both in the 6 figures, so stop...
Remember there are jerks everywhere, not just in one state....you just proved that.

July 27 2010 at 11:28 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Sandy

I grew up in an Air Force family...overseas for 2 years, in the states for 2 or 3 years, overseas again. I can tell you that I have lived or traveled through almost every state in the Union. By far, the friendliest people in the U.S. live in Texas. They are loyal in their relationships and will do anything for you. I settled in Colorado with my husband, and we love the climate and have many good friends, but there's nothin' like that good ole'
Texas hospitality in my book.

July 27 2010 at 12:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
guy

upurs, (I like the screenname by the way) I'd have to agree. Texans are by and large dispicable. They'll beat, imprison or, kill anyone given the slightest chance. They hate everyone, including themselves. Southern hospitality, I don't think it exists. As for jobs, sure you could get one. Just be willing to work for the lowest wages in the country. However, if they find out "ya'll ain't from 'roun heer are yuh boy"-you're gone.

July 27 2010 at 9:55 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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upurs

texas.???...nobody normal and decent would live in texas,the law officials down there are mostly inbred hillbillies who can't reaad or write and they will kill you just for fun..!too stupid for decent americans..!

July 27 2010 at 9:25 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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tyler#1

Well what about the best cities for the common man?? Not all of us had the money to go to college.

July 27 2010 at 8:28 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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