Naperville Named a Top 10 City For New Grads


New graduates may want to consider Naperville as a good place to start a career.

According to a study conducted by, the western suburb ranks ninth in its list of the Top 10 Cities For New College Grads.

The study factors in the amount of 25- to 34-year-olds living in each city, rental availability, unemployment rates, types of jobs and public transportation. Cities with a high number of "recreational activities, hot nightlife and a hip vibe" also received high marks in the study.

Naperville received high marks for its "blend of small-town charm and big-city amenities," a low 5.5 percent unemployment rate among 25-34 year olds, a high percentage of non-service industry jobs and excellent public transportation.

The city's mix of tech firms, energy companies, retailers and factories also received a mentioned, along with the close to 25 percent residential properties listed as rentals, with a cost less than 30 percent of the average income.

Cambridge, Mass., was at the top of the list, followed by Bellevue, Wash., and Austin, Texas.

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