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S.F. Does OK, But Not Great, In Ranking Of Best Cities For New Grads


Since startup culture became a national brand in the mid-2000s, San Francisco has become something of a draw for recent college grads across the country. While the city draws an A rating in a new Zumper ranking, it misses the top 10.

The three best cities in the ranking were Madison, WI; Austin, TX; and Columbus, OH. S.F. came in at a middling 29th. High incomes and entertainment options in the city couldn’t beat the negative impact of a high cost of living on new grads. “San Francisco scored as one of the top cities in the country for income, amenities and dating life in our study, however slipped due to high rent prices,” Devin O'Brien, the author of the report, tells Bisnow. “Despite this high cost of living, the city remains an amazing place to start a career, achieving an 'A' grade and 29th overall place out of 260."

The analysis went through census releases and proprietary data for 260 cities and ranked them based on how amenable they were to recent grads. The final score depended on Millennial population, income, restaurants/bars and amenities, employment rate and single population.

Another recent poll showed Bay Area residents were fed up with the Bay Area and one-third planned to move. That study, however, surveyed the general population.

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