How to Find Your Best City for Starting Out

New grads, consider your career, costs of living and the social scene when deciding where to settle after college.

As young adults, many of you enjoy a unique time in your lives when you can relocate wherever you like. You're often free from any significant ties, such as kids or a mortgage, that can tether you to a certain location. Plus, with the technological advances of the past decade, you need not fear losing touch with family and friends. You can stay connected with the touch of a button—regardless of distance.

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Stacy Rapacon
Online Editor,

Rapacon joined Kiplinger in October 2007 as a reporter with Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine and became an online editor for in June 2010. She previously served as editor of the "Starting Out" column, focusing on personal finance advice for people in their twenties and thirties.

Before joining Kiplinger, Rapacon worked as a senior research associate at b2b publishing house Judy Diamond Associates. She holds a B.A. degree in English from the George Washington University.