It’s the first day of May and graduations are around the corner for thousands of universities and colleges around the country. Graduating seniors who are examining their options of where to work and move to should consider Greater Seattle – both the cities of Seattle and Bellevue have been recently recognized as ideal cities for new grads.
Bellevue made the Top 10 list of Livability.com‘s best small to mid-sized cities for new college grads list last Monday. The list was determined by examining factors like the number of 25-34 year olds already living the city, education levels, public transportation, types of jobs, abundance of recreational activities, nightlife scene, and the “hip vibe”. According to Livability’s press release, Bellevue has a lush economy that is “prime ground to launch a new career.” It notes Bellevue’s prominent software and internet companies and that 45% of homes are rentals.
Seattle was also recently ranked by NerdWallet, a personal finance company, as the 2nd best city in the nation for recent college grads. The rankings were determined by looking at a specific set of criteria including percentage of the 25+ population with a bachelor’s degree, percentage of population between 20-29, cost of living index, and the unemployment rate. Seattle has the highest percentage of people with a bachelor’s degree at 34.5%, beating out San Francisco’s 32.9%. Nerdwallet noted Seattle’s top industries as aerospace, IT, clean technology, and health care.