13 Cities You Might NOT Want to Move to After Graduation

Already putting your plans together for life after college graduation?

Which city have you always dreamed of living in?

Well, if it’s one of the 13 cities below, you might not want to move there unless you’ve landed a job there ahead of time.

According to this Daily Beast article, the September census illustrates what most of us probably already knew (and those on Occupy Wall Street are protesting…I think?): the outlook for unemployment does not look too good for America’s newest adult population.

But wait! There’s more!

There are certain places where recent grads have been hit even harder. These cities have the greatest rise in an educated yet unemployed population since 2008. Trying to start a booming career in one of these places could actually mean an endless job search and cutting your losses by taking a gig at the Dairy Queen.

Here are those cities:

1. Orlando, Fla.
Current unemployment, age 20-24: 23.7% 

2. Seattle, Wash.
Current unemployment, age 20-24: 18.8% 

3. Virginia Beach, Va.
Current unemployment, age 20-24: 12.7% 

4. Birmingham, Ala.
Current unemployment, age 20-24: 24.1% 

5. Dayton, Ohio
Current unemployment, age 20-24: 23.4%

6. Nashville, Tenn.
Current unemployment, age 20-24: 15.5%

7. Pittsburgh, Pa.
Current unemployment, age 20-24: 15.2%

8. Milwaukee, Wis.
Current unemployment, age 20-24: 21.3%

9. Las Vegas, Nev. 
Current unemployment, age 20-24: 19.6% 

10. Louisville, Ky.
Current unemployment, age 20-24: 14.8% 

11. Columbus, Ohio
Current unemployment, age 20-24: 14.8% 

12. Riverside, Calif.
Current unemployment, age 20-24: 27.4%

13. Houston, Texas
Current unemployment, age 20-24: 14.2%

What city do you want to wind up in? Leave a comment below.

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  1. Jen says:

    Denver, CO

  2. Tufcat says:

    Thank god LA isnt on here. I graduated this year and thats where i plan to move in a few months

  3. Emily says:

    Well I’m going to college in Columbus, OH, but I’m honestly hoping to wind up living oversees after graduation.

  4. jose says:

    why would you want to move to Ohio anyway?

  5. kim says:

    I’m living in vermont now and will hopefully be in Tampa for grad school. After that…I don’t know where I’ll end up.

  6. Kimberley says:

    Well damn, no wonder i cant find a freaking job. I live in the Corona Riverside, CA area and am a college student…there is seriously no work here.

  7. Maggie says:

    Denver, CO!

  8. Lupe says:

    I live in Houston. -_-

  9. Ro says:

    Would it be nice, if you plane for education, not the social…well I speak for myself, small class work better for me,

  10. Hanna says:

    My own city’s on that list. Oh, well. The owner of the shop where I work now says I’ll always have a job for $7.50 an hour if I really need it.

  11. dingalinglongtongtong says:

    Move to Mexico.

  12. Guest says:

    I live in Va Beach, am between 20-24 and have been unemployed for two yrs. It’s really difficult to find a job. Even at fast food and grocery stores and walmart. They’re not even hiring much, they don’t even call to schedule an interview. Searching for a job takes up hours each day and it just seems like a hopeless fight.

  13. Kurt says:

    I cannot believe Virginia Beach, my hometown, is on the list. The budget is tight in my city, but finding employment after getting a degree is not as difficult in other cities. Maybe Capex miscalculated, I ought to do research on my own.

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