Best Cities for Gen Yers To Survive The Great Recession

Posted by: Bruce Nussbaum on June 16, 2009

Check out this great story and slide show of the best cities for new college graduates and Gen Yers to find jobs and/or just survive the current economic crisis. I was surprised to see that big cities topped the list—and Portland, Oregon didn’t make the TOP 10. Richard Florida, now a professor at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, designed the criteria.

New York City, despite the Wall Street crisis, comes out No. 1 and Washington, DC No. 2.

Why big cities? Florida says that a “thick” job market is key, but not the only key. A “thick” social meeting market is key as well. Meeting friends and networking is essential to getting jobs today, especially for Gen Yers. It’s all about economic sociology.

And mating too, of course.

Which cities do you think work best for graduating seniors today?

Reader Comments

Sara

June 16, 2009 5:17 PM

Portland is a fantastic place to live but the economy remains weak especially for college grads. I would not want to move there to look for a good job with career prospects, there just isn't enough white-collar work in their economy. On the other hand, it's a very viable place to live with a pink-collar job (restaurant work, checkout clerk at the grocery store, or lower-level hospital jobs, for instance). So, if you want to move somewhere for an excellent quality of life that won't kick-start your career, go to Portland immediately! It really is gorgeous and awesome and the people are great.

Washington DC is going to remain an amazing job market with the economic stimulus package creating a ton of federal jobs, and DC is also a big networking nexus. I'll bet it's the true #1 given the criteria listed.

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