The 8 Best Cities for College Grads Team  |   May 15, 2017

The nation has 1.9 million new graduates, and many may be looking for that perfect place to relocate to.®’s research team sought to find the best metros for new college grads by analyzing 200 of the largest metros to see which ones offered the most in-demand job opportunities, affordable housing, and largest single and millennial populations, among other factors. About half of those who recently graduated hold jobs that aren’t related to their degrees, according to a study by Accenture, a management consulting company. As such, “it’s all a matter of finding where the opportunities are,” says Roy Cohen, author of The Wall Street Professional’s Survival Guide. “For some jobs, options are as bright, if not brighter [in smaller cities]. And their cost of living is cheaper.” The following are the top eight cities for new college grads, according to®’s research: 1. Fargo, N.D. Median home price: $265,000 2. Lincoln, Neb. Median home price: $257,400 3. Austin, Texas Median home price: $392,000 4. Madison, Wis. Median home price: $287,700 5. Charlottesville, Va. Median home price: $379,500 6. Sioux Falls, S.D. Median home price: $219,900 7. Des Moines, Iowa Median home price: $280,500 8. Columbus, Ohio Median home price: $199,700