5 U.S. cities where college grads can thrive

  • Minneapolis - St. Paul, Minnesota

    Image of Minneapolis downtown skyline at sunset. RudyBalasko

    The Twin Cities boast an inordinately high density of bars and drinking establishments as well as entertainment venues, which makes their high youth employment ratio even more impressive.

    "What really stood out to me is that 88 percent of people ages 22 to 26 are employed," said Berger. Nationwide, the figure is 81 percent. In these cities, rent takes up less than 30 percent of a young grad's income. And there are plenty of young grads to take advantage because the area has a large number of colleges and universities.

    Minneapolis-St. Paul also ranked high on another metric, the Gallup-Healthways well-being index, which measures the physical and emotional health of communities.