Size isn’t everything, but don’t tell that to Texas — or our No. 8 city, Houston.
You might think of cowboys and barbeque, but Houston also has plenty to offer those just leaving the nest.
Let’s start with the green: Recent grads can expect an above-average starting salary ($38,000), along with a below-average cost of living. Unemployment at 6.2% isn’t bad, either, considering the national rate still is hovering closer to 8%.
Recent grads looking for love might not like the dating pool — a below-average number of folks have not yet been married (35% of males and 29% of females) — but that doesn’t mean singles are doomed. (Hey, eHarmony is still kicking around.) On top of that, only 6.7% of the population is in the same age range as most recent grads, But once you find your new group of close friends, you might be glad the bars aren’t slammed like they were in college.
Grads already seem to be doing all right — Houston is one of the 20 happiest cities for young professionals.