​The 9 best up-and-coming towns for college grads

  • ​5. Fort Wayne, Indiana

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    Like Toledo, Fort Wayne is another Rust Belt city undergoing a revitalization. The town was nicknamed "the city that saved itself" after diversifying from its manufacturing base following massive layoffs from employers such as General Electric in the 1970s and 1980s.

    The health care and insurance industries are among those that have grown to fill the gap, helping to attract college graduates to the city. The average rent in Fort Wayne is $664, well below the national average of $975 for a one-bedroom apartment.