Houston, Dallas, and Austin were named by Forbes.com as the top three cities on their “Best Cities for Recent College Graduates” list, which was published online this morning.
As a lifelong Texas resident (born and raised in Dallas, lived in Austin area since 1988), I know from experience that this is a terrific place to live and work. Some might say that I have no basis for comparison, which is true, because I have never wanted to live elsewhere.
Austin was #3 on the list, with an average starting salary for college grads of $38,700. Houston and Dallas were slightly higher.
From the cities listed, Austin had the highest percentage of people in their 20’s, at a whopping 26%. This confirms the perception of Austin as a youthful town.
The article cites that Austin has recently enjoyed a boom in tech companies like 3M, Advanced Micro Devices and Intel. Additionally, Dell Computer is headquarted in nearby Round Rock, which is about 20 minutes north of Austin.
It also mentions that the city’s labor force tends to weather recessions well, since other major employers are the Texas state government and the University of Texas.
To read the entire story and see which other cities rounded out the top ten, here’s the link:
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