Greensboro Ranks #33 On USA Today List Of Top 100 Metro Areas For New College Graduates, Beating Out Raleigh

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Greensboro, NC-- An article published in USA Today ranks the city of Greensboro at number 33 on a list of the top 100 metro areas for recent college graduates.

The findings were compiled by specific data offered by the US Census Bureau and American Community Survey.

USA Today reporter, Paul Overberg researched population, education, and age information for 200 metropolitan areas in the country.

Overberg obtained the number of people living in each metro area that fall between the ages of 20 and 30 and have a bachelor's degree or higher.

Greensboro is number 33 on the list. The top five metro areas are no surprise: New York, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, and San Francisco.

Here's some surprising cities we beat: Raleigh-Durham, Charleston, Phoenix, Las Vegas, and Buffalo.

We fall only eight slots behind Charlotte.

Read here: College grads flock to major, burgeoning metros

The findings show that graduates are flocking to metro areas at higher rates than 2006. Greensboro had 10,071 more recent college graduates in 2011 than they did in 2006. That's a 30.3% increase in five years.

Charlotte gained 15,100 new graduates, a 24.7% increase. Raleigh had 8,984 more new graduates, an 11.8% increase. The average national gain was 17%.

WFMY News 2's Liz Crawford talked to Cecelia Thompson, the Director of SynerG, a young professional group in Greensboro.

"It's a great place for young people to come and find a job, find their first job offer after graduation in addition to getting involved in the community, buying a first home, starting a family here, and taking roots in Greensboro," said Thompson.

Erin Pearsall has lived in Greensboro for about four years. She lived all over the world before attending graduate school at UNCG. She didn't expect to stay but loved the quality of life.

"Finding Greensboro as both a small town and an international community, and I know that contradicts itself a little, but it gives me a good balance of both."

Michael Weaver, a Pennsylvania native, moved to Greensboro from Washington, DC in 2011.

"A good cost of living for someone right out of school who's young, trying to save money and just kind of get by and figuring things out. I think Greensboro's a good launching point for anyone 20 to 30."

WFMY News 2, USA Today

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