College Quiz: In Which City is the Best to Live for Recent Grads?

May 12, 2010

There’s a book that ranks the best top 10 cities for recent college graduates. Take a guess as to what city got the top spot.

You’re right, it’s Chicago.

The authors of “’s Guide to Life After College” gave our fare city the rating of 95 points out of a possible 100, focusing on our housing, transportation, cost of living, work force, entertainment and weather, to name a few.

These authors, all pretty recent college grads who do not live in our state, said this about the “jewel of the Midwest:” There are few big cities that are prettier than Chi-Town, which offers a mix of leafy neighborhoods, an architecturally stunning downtown, and a gorgeous lakefront.”

There was also this warning: “The winters are not for the faint-hearted.”

Here are some of the key stats found on about Chicago:

Major Industries: Aerospace, finance, and consulting

Climate: Four distinct seasons, but beware of freezing winters

Transportation: The ‘L’ and buses will get you where you need to go

Avg. Price of a One Bedroom Apartment: $1,106

Professional Sports: MLB—White Sox, Cubs; NFL—Bears; NBA—Bulls; NHL—Blackhawks

Best Thing Ever: The coolest architecture in America

Worst Thing Ever: The wind off Lake Michigan

The other nine cities, listed by rank from #2 to #10: San Francisco, Seattle, New York, Boston, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Washington D.C. and Atlanta.

Hooray, Chicago! If you know a collegian about to graduate, this would be a great gift. Unless, of course, you don’t want that kid living anywhere near you.

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