Starting a new career? Las Vegas is one of your best bets

Recent college graduates in the market for a job might want to take a look at a recent survey that listed Las Vegas among the top places in the country to start a new career.

The survey, done by, took into account affordability, career opportunity and demographics to find the 10 best bets in the U.S. for new and recent graduates. Cities where the average one-bedroom rent fell within 25 percent of the gross median income were favored, as were cities where unemployment was 7 percent or lower.

Las Vegas made the list because new transplants can take advantage of what the city went through when the housing bubble burst: Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment is $897, low for a major metropolitan area. also noted Las Vegas’ strong tourism industry and the amount of major conventions and meetings held in the city as a draw for new grads.

Of course, the list assumes some level of flexibility in a job search, when the reality is many new grads are being less picky and just going where the jobs are. But for those who can choose, here are the 10 cities that made the list:

1. Denver

2. Charlotte, N.C.

3. Phoenix

4. Austin, Texas

5. Columbus, Ohio

6. Cincinnati

7. Fort Worth, Texas

8. Indianapolis

9. Las Vegas

10. Dallas

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