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Reverse brain drain?

by Ray Carter Published: July 24, 2013

Apartments.com has released its latest Top 10 Best Cities for Recent College Graduates list. Oklahoma City ranks seventh-best in the nation.

Given that job competition is fierce — the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 11.7 million unemployed persons in April and just 3.8 million available jobs in March — the website prioritizes cities with low unemployment. Since new graduates’ income is limited, Apartments.com gives high ratings to cities where the average rent for a one-bedroom apartment costs no more than 25 percent of a graduate’s gross monthly income. Oklahoma City fared well on both counts.

The ranking also took lifestyle and social scene into consideration, giving priority to cities with a high population of young single adults, especially those in their late 20s.

Oklahomans once worried about a “brain drain” of college graduates leaving the state. Now, other states have reason to fear that their graduates will decamp for Oklahoma.

by Ray Carter
Editorial Writer
Ray Carter joined The Oklahoman in May 2012 after serving as Media Director for the Oklahoma House of Representatives for over seven years. A native of Oklahoma, Carter has worked in the newspaper and public relations businesses since 1998.
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