Ann Arbor is a hip town that Michigan college students are interested in calling home. In fact, when we asked 3,800+ college students where they would likely to live after college – Ann Arbor was one of the top responses (mentioned the fourth most often).
Now, Ann Arbor is gaining recognition nationally as a top place for new college grads. In an analysis done by renown urbanist Richard Florida (published by The Atlantic Cities), Ann Arbor is ranked eighth in a list of top places for new college graduates.
To capture places that are open to smart 20-somethings, where you can not only build friendships and look for mates but create the personal and professional networks that are so crucial to both career and happiness, we added the share of adults who are college graduates along with the percentage of the population that has never been married. The eight variables we based our rankings on are:
- Unemployment rate, via the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)
- Share of jobs in professional, technical, and creative occupations (BLS)
- Percent of adults with a BA and above, via the American Community Survey (ACS)
- Average salaries and wages for professional, technical, and creative occupations (BLS)
- Rental share of housing (ACS)
- Money left over after paying for housing (ACS)
- Share of adults that have never been married (ACS)
- Share of commuters who use public transit (ACS)
Here’s a link to the full article.