Charlotte No. 2 in U.S. for Job-Seeking Grads
Published Wednesday, May 22, 2013
by Jacquelyn Smith, Forbes Magazine

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It’s graduation season: The time of year when thousands of bright-eyed twenty-somethings will leave campus and enter the “real world” in search of a happy and lucrative career.

Equipped with a hard-earned diploma and a few pearls of wisdom, many will jet off to big, burgeoning cities like New York and Los Angeles to look for work–but most will quickly learn that these promising metros aren’t necessarily the happiest places.

In fact, they aren’t even among the top 10 best areas for job-seeking grads, according to a new ranking by online career site

Places like Charlotte, N.C., Pittsburgh, Pa., and Detroit, Mich. did make the cut, though.

CareerBliss identified the 10 best cities for job-seeking college grads, in terms of overall career happiness in conjunction with the average cost-of-living-adjusted salary, which they found by looking at the median pay for new grads in each city, and then examining the cost of living in each area, measured by the American Council For Community and Economic Research

“This indicates how far a dollar can go in those cities, which is very important when someone is just starting out in the workforce,” says Matt Miller, chief technology officer at CareerBliss.

Heidi Golledge, the company’s chief executive, adds: “Our data reveals that bigger cities are not always better for college grads. When it comes to salary and the cost of living for young professionals—some smaller metros outranked larger areas.”

St. George, Utah heads the list with a “Bliss Score” of 3.89 out of 5. The average annual salary for professionals in this southwestern metropolis is $60,781.

“The St. George area is known for its beautiful scenery, outdoor recreation events, and the friendliness of its residents,”

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