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.