Editors' pick: Originally published May 14.
New college graduates have a lot of decisions to make once the grades are in and the degrees are handed out. The most important question, especially with student loan payments on the horizon, is probably: "Where will I get a job?"
In some cases, relocating to a more affordable and job-friendly city may be the best option for new grads. SmartAsset, an online personal finance Web site, made that decision easier by highlighting the 25 best cities for new graduates. The report, published in late April, ranks the 100 largest U.S. cities based on affordability, jobs available and how "fun" the city is for 20-somethings.
The good news is that in more than half of major U.S. cities, the unemployment rate is lower than the national average. The bad news is that the cost of living is rising in many of these cities, which can make it more difficult to pay off debt, SmartAsset said.
In addition, more than half of the cities on the 2016 list are located in the middle of the country, in states such as Ohio, Nebraska and Wisconsin. Many of these cities are up and coming, boasting strong job growth as well as increasing social and entertainment appeal.
Here are the top U.S. cities best suited for new college grads.