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

  • ​3. Dayton, Ohio

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    The aerospace industry remains important to this Ohio city, home to the inventors of the world's first airplane, the Wright brothers. The biggest employer is Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, while the health care industry has become a major force in Dayton.

    One-bedroom apartments rent for $527 per month, on average, making the city one of the more affordable towns on this list.

    It also receives high marks for its cultural amenities: Dayton's arts scene led American Style magazine in 2012 to rank the city second on its list of midsize cities, just after St. Petersburg, Florida.