Buffalo named top medium-sized city for college graduates

Posted on May 31st, 2014

We’re proud to be based in Western New York, and we’re always glad to see the area get national recognition.

That’s why we were so excited to hear that Buffalo, the largest city in the region, was recently named the top medium-sized city for new college graduates by CreditDonkey.com.

Affordability, job prospects propel Buffalo to top spot

The city’s low rents, low job competition and great nightlife make it an attractive destination for young college grads looking for employment and fun without the high cost and stress associated with living in big cities.

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The top 10 also included another Western New York city, with Rochester taking the eighth spot. And Albany, only a few hours away, ranked tenth.

Here’s the full list:

  1. Buffalo, NY
  2. Toledo, OH
  3. Dayton, OH
  4. El Paso, TX
  5. Tulsa, OK
  6. McAllen, TX
  7. Omaha, NE
  8. Rochester, NY
  9. Oklahoma City, OH
  10. Albany, NY

A happy medium for college graduates

Many new college graduates think they want to move to big cities, only to face high job competition and steep rents that make it difficult for them to pay off their student loans while also having a life.

And small cities may be less competitive, but they might not have as much to do–or many job opportunities.

Falling in the top spot for mid-sized cities, we have to say we agree with Goldilocks. Not too big and expensive, or too small and boring, Buffalo is just right–as long as you don’t mind the snow.

And if you’re looking for something in another size, check out the best small cities and best big cities for new college graduates.

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