St. Louis named best city for college grads
May 19, 2012
By Kasey Joyce
If you're looking for health, wealth and happiness, forget about New York, Los Angeles or Chicago! All you need is St. Louis. According to the career website, Careerbliss.com, St. Louis is the best city in the country for recent college grads. And after talking with St. Louis University's newest grads today, it's not hard to see why.
With a degree from St. Louis University, grads say the opportunities are endless. Sure they could start their careers on the coasts or head off to Chicago. But many are staying put.
"I like going on vacation other places, but I like living here," said medical school graduate Nicholas Moore. "It is a very affordable place to live."
And now, it also boasts a number one ranking on careerbliss.com's list of best cities for college grads. The website looked at workplace happiness, cost of living, salary and a number of other variables.
Grads say, they're not surprised St. Louis came out on top.
"There's a lot of diversity," said graduate Carolyn Mantych. "There's a lot that makes it feel like it's a small town, but then you can go downtown and you have it all. I can see why we won."
And instead of throwing away all that new income on high priced rent, commutes and meals, new grads say they can actually afford to live a comfortable life.
"It's so much more affordable than some of my other friends who are trying to go out to the coasts who are paying a monthly rent payment for what I am getting a house for here," Moore said.
"I'm very happy," said graduate Anna Layton. "My home is where my heart is and my heart is in St. Louis. I couldn't imagine going anywhere else."
Salt Lake City was number #2 on Careerbliss.com's list. Followed by Jacksonville, Memphis and Indianapolis.