If you are a recent grad, the East is hard to beat with all 10 of the top metros for recent grads located east of the Rockies and nine of the top 10 being on or east of the Mississippi River. Trulia's Blog staffer Ralph McLaughlin reports on Trulia Blog and LinkedIn's list of the top 40 strongest job markets for recent grads.

McLaughlin points out that while markets like San Francisco and San Jose draw in grads with high rents, their high rents will eat much of this income:

Fewer than a third of homes would rent at an affordable price point, and the median rent in both of these markets come close to consuming an entire month’s paycheck. What’s more, both metros score only modestly on the share of job openings suitable for recent grads, so finding another entry-level job if you leave your existing one may be difficult.

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