(metro area): 1,716,289
Median household income
Average rent (one-bedroom apartment)
The coolest city in Texas offers everything a young adult could ask for, including patio bars, taco joints, running trails, kayaking, margaritas, barbeque, live music into the night and the chilly waters of Barton Springs' pool to clear the head in the morning.
Better yet, Austin has jobs, in youth-friendly industries such as digital media, game development, music, film and tech. PayPal, Facebook and eBay are among the companies hiring, says Nathan Green of campus2careers.com
, a job site for recent grads. Yodle, an online marketer, expects to hire 40 new grads a month through 2012.
Alas, you'll pay at least $1,500 a month for a small one-bedroom in downtown Austin, says Jim Reich of austincool.com
, an apartment locator. Instead, go south of Oltorf Street, where the one-bedrooms start at $725 and downtown is just a few minutes away.
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