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2013’s Best Cities for Young Professionals

In ranking the best cities for young professionals, one has to keep in mind that it’s not like bright-eyed graduates are afforded the luxury of picking and choosing a job or place to live at their fancy. Most are lucky to secure an interview for an unpaid internship–which, as noted here, can really suck—let alone spreadsheet the pros and cons of nightlife in City A vs. City B.

But let’s save the total dream-crushing for another day and examine some of the elements that determine whether or not a city is ideal for a young professional. Factors like the unemployment rate, proliferation of Fortune 500 companies, population vs. job openings, cost of living, and cultural activity dictate the quality of life for a post-grad eager to gunsling their way up the corporate ladder.

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Here are this year’s best cities for those young up-and-comers.

Austin, TX

With an unemployment rate sitting nearly three points below the national average at 4.9%, and a plethora of educational institutions, Austin is an extremely educated and well employed city. The cost of living is a little higher than the national average, but the festivals, breweries, concerts, and abundance of cultural events make Austin a young professional’s dream city. Read the rest of this entry »



Boston High Schoolers Make the Case for Free Condoms

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Students Meet with Boston City Council. Image via CBS Boston.

This week, high school students, educators and health experts met with members of the Boston city council to discuss making free condoms available in schools. Those in favor of the measure are using New York as a model, where condoms have been freely available in schools for 17 years.

“I think that teens are responsible and they want to make the right decisions for themselves, but they need the tools to make them,” said 17-year-old Kimpsha Grant in the meeting. Many hope that the measure will also improve sex education in schools. “It would be healthy because kids would learn how to do things in a safe manner,” said Samantha Brea, another student.

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Students Who Start Kindergarten Sooner Are Less likely to Fail a Grade

matt-lauer-visits-kindergartenSixty-seven percent of 4th graders in the U.S. read below the national reading proficiency standard. Some educators feel that the problem starts much earlier, with kindergartners entering school without basic social and learning skills.

Matt Lauer of the Today show visits a school in Boston that’s trying to find a solution early. The Eliot school enrolls kindergartners at the age of four, rather than five. This younger class is called Kindergarten One, or K1, other schools call similar programs “pre-K.” Unlike a nursery school or daycare center, the kindergarten one teachers at the Eliot school must have their master’s degree in education.

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Best Cities for Young Professionals

young-professionalsAs any recent graduate knows, this is a rough economy for finding that first job after graduation. Forbes recently ranked the top ten U.S. cities for young professionals looking to hedge their bets before moving to a new city.

They analyzed cost of living, unemployment rate, the number of high-profile employers, and potential job growth for each city. Lastly, they counted the number of graduates from the Class of 2000 at Princeton University, Harvard University, Stanford University, Duke University, Rice University and Northwestern University had settled in each city.

Here are the results:

1. Houston, Texas

Three of the ten cities that made the list are in Texas, with Houston heading the list. Fourteen of the nation’s largest companies are based in the city, which also has high incomes and a large number of elite college graduates. Read the rest of this entry »



Top 10 Locations for College Graduates

atlantaFor the many college seniors who are graduating soon and want to relocate, Atlanta is the best bet.

According to a report by Apartments.com and CareerRookie.com, Atlanta is the best place for recent college graduates to live. The study determined its results, which are very different from Best-Performing Cities 2009’s results, based on cities with the highest percentage of young adults ages 20-24 years of age, the number of jobs that require less than one year of experience, and the average rent for a one-bedroom apartment.

The average rent in Atlanta is only $724 a month; not too shabby.

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