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Old 06-26-2008, 04:21 PM
Location: San Francisco
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Old 06-26-2008, 04:35 PM
Location: Denver, CO
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I'm not sure if there's any city that's "good" for college grads-- it's hard finding your first job out of college no matter what city you live in. Trying to get a job in a place where you've never lived before, never visited (otherwise why would you be asking for open ended suggestions?), and have no connections only makes the process harder. Here's a revolutionary idea-- perhaps the best city for new grads is the one where you came from....?
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Old 06-26-2008, 06:02 PM
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Originally Posted by ksgator View Post
I would say Houston, Chicago, Atlanta.
Somehow I doubt that.
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Old 06-26-2008, 06:05 PM
Location: Hell's Kitchen, NYC
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Old 06-26-2008, 06:48 PM
Location: The City of St. Louis
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I second Austin. Highly educated yet also laid back and friendly. Coming from the DC area you will really enjoy the smaller size of the city and friendly atmosphere. Here you make eye contact with someone or strike up a conversation with a stranger and not get a weird look.

What Austin doesn't have is some of the large city amenities like major-league sports if that interests you, and its a long ways from any other cool cities (New Orleans is the closest), but I think it has the closest to what you are looking for.
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Old 06-26-2008, 07:56 PM
Location: Charlotte, NC (in my mind)
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Most young cities are going to be materialistic and snobbish. To those who mentioned Houston, Dallas, and Atlanta, those places are some of the worst for this type of thing. No matter where you go, people in their early 20s still have some of that teenager left in them. Its all about what you wear, who your friends are, who you are dating, what car you are driving, etc. Once you get into your late 20s it starts to subside no matter where you are though. As far as major cities, Austin would be your best bet, though you are still going to have a huge preppy element. There is a bit more diversity there too and its very liberal. You might look at 2nd tier cities as well. Places like OK City, Omaha, Nashville, etc. The good life exists outside of the few major cities always suggested on this forum too.
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Old 06-27-2008, 03:55 AM
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Yhe NYTimes called Knoxville "Austin without the hype". It's more unpretentious than Nashville, though I think either city would be considered laid back compared to DC.

The thing I don't know about is social networks for young people, being an old gezette, myself.
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Old 06-27-2008, 12:37 PM
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Originally Posted by Minnehahapolitan View Post
You may be well-served by cities such as Chicago, Columbus or Pittsburgh. They are grounded, Midwestern cities but don't have the same social Scandinavianisms that Minneapolis does.
From my own personal perspective the "Scandanavianism" that exists throughout much of Minnesota is a welcome relief to the culture found in much of the Midwest. That being said, if the OP wants something that is essentially the opposite of the Twin Cities culture he should try St. Louis or Kansas City. They are not perfect matches as far as the listed criteria are concerned but he'll find plenty of young people that like to party and go bar hopping.
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Old 06-27-2008, 01:08 PM
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Portland seems to fit the bill...
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Old 06-27-2008, 01:18 PM
Location: USA
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CHicago has tons of young professionals, and lots of neighborhoods where the population is dominated by young professionals. There are tons of sports leagues, sports clubs, social clubs, bars, theatres...

Plus Chicagoans tend to be down to earth. Rent ranges in the happening neighborhoods would run you anywhere from $700-1200
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