Friday, January 6, 2017

Roanoke No. 1 for Best Cities for New Grads to Live and Work



A total of 589 cities and towns across the U.S. were evaluated on affordability, new grad salaries, entry-level job availability, and amenities.

Fort Mill, S.C., January 4, 2017 – Data analysts from released the list of 2017’s Best Cities for New Grads outlining the U.S. towns and cities where recent college graduates can find the best job opportunities and work-life balance and Roanoke, Virginia is number one.

1. Roanoke, Va.

At the top of the GoodCall list was Roanoke, Va. The town of nearly 100,000 people in the beautiful Roanoke Valley ranked fairly highly for its amenities and the number of available entry-level jobs. There were 16.6 jobs posted on per 1,000 people in the area. People with bachelor’s degrees tend to fare well in Roanoke, making about $42,900, or 48% more than the area’s median salary. And the area’s arts and culture scene is strong, with more than 350 amenities. Roanoke has several performing arts and events centers, which draw an array of local, regional and national performers, as well as breweries and wineries, shopping, and dining.

“As 2017 college graduates get ready to embark upon their professional careers this Spring, the cities they chose to live in can have a big impact on their future. It’s important for new grads to do their research and chose wisely,” says Claire Etheridge, Data Analyst for

“While larger cities would appear to have more job opportunities, mid-sized cities dominated the list due to a healthy balance between job availability and salary potential.”

Cities were ranked on four criteria:

● Affordability – Median gross rent in each area as a percentage of household income
● Comparative Salary – Median earnings in the past 12 months for residents 25 and older with a bachelor’s
degree as a percentage of total median
● Job Availability – The number of available entry-level jobs posted on
● Lifestyle – The number of local restaurants, arts and entertainment venues per capita

“Although the top cities and towns were mostly scattered across the country, the South and Midwest hold the most spots within the top 10,” says Etheridge. Notably missing from the top ranking areas? Cities in the Northeast due to a
higher cost of living.

Data sources included the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey and

The full report and methodology can be found here:

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