Next up, we move to the Windy City. Chicago boasts a $41,000 entry level salary … if you can get a job. Unemployment sits at 8.3% — not really what most recent grads want to hear. The cost of living is also 5% higher than the national average, but that’s not bad for such a major city.
Many people prefer Chicago because it’s a happening metropolitan area that isn’t as crowded as New York City. Toss in views of Lake Michigan and a friendly Midwest vibe, and you can see why Chicago could be a nice place to call home. In fact, AOL (NYSE:AOL) ranked Chicago’s social scene the third most sizzling in the country.
Plus, sports fans can jump on board with Michael Jordan’s Bulls or watch the Cubs at Wrigley Field … and from the Art Institute to countless restaurants, there’s definitely plenty to do when you’re not nine-to-fiving.