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  • The top 15 American cities for young college grads


    As the semester resumes for college seniors around the US, the next important decision many will make is where they should move after graduation.

    A ranking of the best major metropolitan areas from the American Institute for Economic Research (AIER) may help students having trouble making the call.

    AIER calculated its list using nine economic, demographic, and quality-of-life factors. AIER defines major metropolitan cities as having over 2.5 million residents.

    The report states that the most important factor in determining where recent graduates should relocate is the prevalence of other young recent grads.

    "The location you choose to go to college determines where you will likely spend the next four years of your life, and possibly where you will start your career," Amanda Knarr, program coordinator at AIER, said in a press release. "Our ranking reflects the characteristics that make cities attractive to the average college student."

    Aside from the overall ranking, we included cities' individual scores for noteworthy metrics including rent, earnings, and bars and restaurants. Of the nine metrics cities were rated based upon, we chose the one for which they scored highest.

    Scroll through to find out the 15 best American cities for young college grads.

    15. Miami, Florida

    15. Miami, Florida

    Population: 5,930,416

    College student population in the metro area: 445,865

    #4 Bars and Restaurants

    14. St. Louis, Missouri

    14. St. Louis, Missouri
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    Population: 2,801,285

    College student population in the metro area: 193,985

    #1 Rent

    13. Atlanta, Georgia

    13. Atlanta, Georgia
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    Population: 5,580,601

    College student population in the metro area: 407,257

    #1 Bars and Restaurants

    12. Baltimore, Maryland

    12. Baltimore, Maryland

    Population: 2,784,691

    College student population in the metro area: 232,641

    #6 Labor Force

    11. San Diego, California

    11. San Diego, California

    Population: 3,260,400

    College student population in the metro area: 292,563

    #2 Innovation

    10. Houston, Texas

    10. Houston, Texas

    Population: 6,485,973

    College student population in the metro area: 442,093

    #2 Diversity


    9. Dallas , Texas9. Dallas, Texas


    Population: 6,951,526

    College student population in the metro area: 441,376

    #2 Rent

    8. Chicago, Illinois

    8. Chicago, Illinois

    Population: 9,554,342

    College student population in the metro area: 702,610

    #5 Arts and Entertainment

    7. Los Angeles, California

    7. Los Angeles, California

    Population: 13,262,157

    College student population in the metro area: 1,161,228

    #1 Arts and Entertainment

    6. New York , New York

    6. New York, New York

    Population: 20,093,674

    College student population in the metro area: 1,436,905

    #1 City Access

    5. Seattle, Washington

    5. Seattle, Washington

    Population: 3,672,113

    College student population in the metro area: 260,572

    #3 Innovation

    4. Minneapolis, Minnesota

    4. Minneapolis, Minnesota

    Population: 3,405,269

    College student population in the metro area: 240,489

     #1 Youth Unemployment


    3. Washington, District of Columbia

    3. Washington, District of Columbia

    Population: 6,034,629

    College student population in the metro area: 499,437

    #1 College Educated

    2. Boston, Massachusetts

    2. Boston, Massachusetts

    Population: 4,426,634

    College student population in the metro area: 403,778 

    #1 Innovation

    1. San Francisco, California

    1. San Francisco, California

    Population: 4,595,792

    College student population in the metro area: 364,608

    #1 Diversity

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  • A high school student shared the powerful essay about growing up in one of America's 'snobbiest' cities that got her into Stanford


    Each year, The New York Times puts out a call for college admissions essays to the newest class of applicants.

    In 2016, it chose four of the most poignant essays that cut across issues of money, work, and social class. The Times published them on its site to showcase the essays' raw and honest power.

    One of the essays comes from Erica Meister, a senior at Northville High School in Northville, Michigan. In it, she unsparingly critiques her hometown, which was awarded the title of "the snobbiest city in Michigan."

    "We're from Northville," she wrote of herself and fellow classmates. "Most of us know nothing of consequences or responsibility for our actions, because our fathers can cover for us with cash and connections."

    These actions often include selling weed and Adderall, Meister wrote.

    The piece reads like a searing referendum on how extreme wealth begets thoughtlessness. She describes a situation in which cultural appropriation and emulation of hip-hop artists is common, but programs that assist economically disadvantaged people are belittled.

    For example, Meister writes:

    "Several years back, when the rap aesthetic was particularly prominent, most of the males came to school in ill-fitting jeans that sagged below their designer boxers, sporting T-shirts and necklaces that likely cost more than the weekly income for the average person, in imitation of their favorite rapper. They carried themselves like Eminem and spewed out Jay Z verses about being raised in extreme urban poverty and racism, before parroting their parents' views on the 'communist' welfare programs."

    Even The Times, which receives hundreds of admissions essay submissions every year, said Meister's piece was the most candid it has ever received.

    "Every year, we receive at least one essay that picks apart an affluent suburb, but we've never seen one quite as blunt as her take on Northville, Mich.," wrote Ron Lieber, a Times columnist.


    But the essay also exposes Meister's own instances of falling victim to thoughtlessness.

    She describes asking a friend whose family she knew was struggling financially what AP exams she was planning to take. The exams, which students can voluntarily take to potentially strengthen college applications, cost $93 each. Meister's friend responded that she couldn't afford any.

    "I found myself victim to the disease that infiltrates Northville, the same carelessness I despise," she wrote.

    Northville, Michigan, is a suburb of Detroit. The website RoadSnacks.net, which rated it the snobbiest city in Michigan, ranked Northville No. 1 because it "combines unparalleled wealth (the highest median household income in Michigan) with expensive homes (second-highest in Michigan) to create an enclave of snobbery."

    The gulf between the income levels in Northville versus Detroit is stark. The median household income in Northville is $95,478, according to 2015 government data. For Detroit, the figure is $25,764.

    Meister, who now attends Stanford University, concluded her essay by saying she's eager to leave behind Northville and become more conscious and curious about life beyond her suburban bubble.

    To be sure, the essay wasn't the only arrow in her quiver. Meister broke a national record when she scaled a 15-meter rock wall in 9.56 seconds. She was also a member of the National Honor Society and maintained a 3.9 GPA.

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  • 5 Best Locations to Visit When You Graduate


    1. Turkey

    Go through the merger of East and West in Turkey. Split from the Bosphorus Strait lifestyle all provide you with a gorgeous mixture of Oriental and Western trait. From intricately created gorgeous monuments, unbelievable landscapes to specifically beautiful Mediterranean coastlines, Turkey has far more to offer other than merely key cities and as you journey into less visited towns, the costs also falls nevertheless the expertise is even so the one you’d remember for a lifetime. A much less expensive destination compared to the additional main Western places, Turkey gives you amazingly bargains in regards to budget vacation and also is the greatest spot to find the foods and the locals’ lifestyles.

    2. Bulgaria

    The Balkan region is just a treasure trove of countless monasteries, alpine forests, beautiful countryside towns, mountainous landscapes and stretches of sandy beaches. Those who enjoy extended guides and hiking, this country has a thorough method of hiking tracks making it a haven for walkers to savor the country’s diverse and abundant areas and is actually a skilled getaway. It’s also wonderful spot to try some snowboarding. Whilst the nation is really a less travelled spot than different upcoming on fascinating and countries in europe travelers, odds of finding a whole lot food, on housing as well as in-territory vacation are immense and therefore are reasonable on budget.

    3. Cambodia 

    Cambodia is an exotic land with excellent natural vistas, and a mixture of historic and cultural shows. Because tourism in Cambodia is still in its capturing on cycle, there’s a lot of prospects to investigate this relaxing country on the budget with housing, food on reasonable prices. The miracles to determine listed below are stunning; you investigate the nation area on the bike or walking vacation, take in the sun on gorgeous tropical beaches or simply just can observe the exciting temple ruins of Angkor Wat.

    4. Indonesia

    You are given a massive choice to explore by an amazing archipelago of exotic islands with spectacular sceneries, Philippines. There is plenty to find out for example running hills of beautiful beaches, dense jungle, spectacular wildlife, and lush green almond terraces. Bali, Lombok are typical time favourite destinations for those who go Belgium and are comparatively economical on transport along with simple to travel around in a cab. Accommodation, Balinese food and buying are cheaper which is hardly difficult to walk around on-budget.

    5. Sri Lanka

    The teardrop place might seem small but packages a whole lot of shores, stunning landscapes, wilderness and heritage historic sites. Being a tiny nation, making your way around Sri Lanka is not too difficult and every region has something to exhibit event, be it an elephant orphanage in Pinnawala, the beautiful rock fortress at Sigiriya, beaches at Bentota or acres of tea plantation and English hued country town at Nuwara Eliya. The country is comfortable, wonderful and pleasant, and effortlessly affordable.

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