It’s not uncommon for graduates to find that their home town or the city where they attended college lacks jobs for new college graduates. New graduates often consider moving to a new city after college to find better job opportunities. One of the most popular cities recently is Austin, Texas. Here’s why Austin may be the best place to find jobs for new college graduates.
Austin is becoming an increasingly important center for technical and start-up companies. In fact, Texas is actively courting California companies who are considering relocating. This economic growth creates many jobs for new college graduates.
A recent Forbes article noted that Austin led a list of cities for best job growth. Austin ranked first out of seven Texas metropolitan areas that are among 10 areas nationally expected to have the highest job growth over the next few years.
Cost of living
While other perennially popular cities like New York and San Francisco are in a race for the highest cost of living in the country, Austin remains surprisingly affordable. Rents and utility rates in Austin are considerably lower than those in many other cities around the country.
Texas also has no state income tax. While not always the first thing considered by new graduates seeking their first job, the lower tax burden in Texas keeps more of your salary in your pocket. This can amount to a significant difference in disposable income over the course of the year.
There is more to life than just work, and Austin can be a good option for graduates who think culture is important. Austin is well-known for its culture, whether friendly residents or an endless stream of interesting events and activities. Perhaps best known for South by Southwest (SXSW), Austin is also known for its great restaurants and live music venues. There is always something going on in Austin.
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