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Columbus, Cincinnati Make List of Top 10 Cities for Recent College Grads

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For twenty-somethings just starting out, Ohio cities might not have the glamorous allure of New York or L.A. But maybe they should. Two have made a top 10 list of the best cities for recent college grads. Joanna Richards reports.

Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 4:57 pm

Las Vegas, Dallas, Denver…Cincinnati? According to an annual top 10 list from, these are among the best places for young people to start their adult lives. Cincinnati ranked sixth in the nation; Columbus fifth.

The rankings are based on employment rates, salaries, cost of living, the age of the population and the quality of the singles scene.

Michael Dalby heads the Columbus Chamber of Commerce. He says the recognition didn’t surprise him.

"We’ve been on these kinds of similar lists before. Columbus is one of those cities that might not quickly come to the top of a lot of people’s lists, but when you do this type of analysis, you find out that we rate really well, in terms of cost of living and availability of jobs," he said.

Cincinnati has the cheapest rent of the 10 cities that made the list. And it was cited for being the home of many major corporations, like Kroger and Procter & Gamble.

Columbus earned its spot for having many singles, affordable rent, and a diverse economy.

Cleveland didn’t make the cut.