Atlanta at  Night by Terence S. Jones

We know what you don’t want to think about after college. You don’t want to think about the fact that you might not get a job, that you may have to settle into one just for the paycheck, or that you may have to move back in with your parents. Unfortunately, those are all very real possibilities.

To get the job you desire, you may need to broaden your search by looking in markets where you won’t be facing such heavy competition due to high unemployment.

In order to aid post-college job searches, Rent.com uses its database of rental listings, government labor statistics, and census data to determine the best U.S. cities for recent college graduates each year.

The list is created by comparing the average incomes, median one-bedroom apartment prices, and unemployment rates of the 25 largest rental markets in the country. Extra weight is given to unemployment rates due to the job search-related nature of the list.

The top 10 cities for 2013, in alphabetical order, are:

Atlanta, Georgia

Mean annual income: $46,600
Median price for a one-bedroom apartment: $800
Unemployment rate: 8.4%

Boston, Massachusetts

Mean annual income: $57,500
Median price for a one-bedroom apartment: $1,590
Unemployment rate: 5.9%

Dallas, Texas

Mean annual income: $46,200
Median price for a one-bedroom apartment: $900
Unemployment rate: 5.9%

Denver, Colorado

Mean annual income: $50,300
Median price for a one-bedroom apartment: $970
Unemployment rate: 7.4%

Houston, Texas

Mean annual income: $47,500
Median price for a one-bedroom apartment: $800
Unemployment rate: 6%

Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota

Mean annual income: $49,800
Median price for a one-bedroom apartment: $900
Unemployment rate: 5.1%

Raleigh, North Carolina

Mean annual income: $45,200
Median price for a one-bedroom apartment: $800
Unemployment rate: 7.5%

St. Louis, Missouri

Mean annual income: $44,200
Median price for a one-bedroom apartment: $960
Unemployment rate: 7%

Seattle, Washington

Mean annual income: $54,800
Median price for a one-bedroom apartment: $1,300
Unemployment rate: 6.7%

Washington, D.C.

Mean annual income: $62,900
Median price for a one-bedroom apartment: $1,600
Unemployment rate: 5.2%

Why wait until after graduation to get serious about jobs? HackCollege’s Sarah Feng has tips for using LinkedIn while you’re still in school.

Source: Forbes | Image: Terence S. Jones