We've heard many times in recent years about how great a place Minneapolis/St. Paul is for college grads. We grant there's a bit of a chicken-or-egg thing going on here, but now there's better evidence than ever that smart young folks are taking the notion of moving here seriously.
LinkedIn recently published a list of world cities that experienced the biggest influx of recent college grads last year. (Read it here.) Lo and behold, the Twin Cities ranked second among all American cities, and third on the planet Earth as a whole.
Forty percent of new Twin Cities residents in 2013 were recent college grads. Here, according to LinkedIn, is where they came from:
DuluthAnd here are the top schools from which those grads graduated:
Greater Chicago area
Greater NYC area
Greater Boston area
Greater Milwaukee area
Greater LA area
UMDFinally, here are the top companies hiring them:
U of M (no surprise here)
University of Iowa
TargetFor context, here's the full top 10 list, with the percentage of new residents who are recent grads in parentheses:
City Pages (just kidding -- we're not really on the list)
10. São Paulo (34%)Pretty incredible company for the Twin Cities to keep, isn't it?
San Francisco Bay Area (34%)
Washington, D.C. (40%)