Brocker.Org: Recent grads seek cities that offer a favorable combination of jobs and affordable housing

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To find cities that offer both job prospects for recent grads and realistic places to live, considering the typical college graduate’s budget, Trulia and job site Indeed correlated affordable rental units (apartments that cost less than 30 percent of the median college graduate income) and new-grad-friendly job listings.

Of course, cities like Boston, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Washington all score high in terms of job prospects but few young adults can afford to live there because of the sky-high rents.

For example, just 3 percent of New York listings are manageable considering the recent-grad’s median income, Trulia said, while San Jose and San Francisco fare even worse. (And without a roommate, forget it.)

On the other hand, some of the most affordable cities, like Toledo, Ohio, have fewer job opportunities for those just starting out.

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