Bloomberg Lists Cleveland as Top City for New Grads



Hes leaving Cleveland, but that doesnt mean you have to run
  • He's leaving Cleveland, but that doesn't mean you have to run

Cleveland’s well-publicized shrinkage problem has made the city the butt of many a joke, local and abroad. But one national publication has gone and done us a solid that might counteract the city’s population gusher. Bloomberg Businessweek recently named Cleveland one of the Best Cities for New College Grads. This year we came in at #17, a good hop, skip and a jump up from last year’s spot at #28.

The metrics are based on things like a city’s unemployment numbers, cost of living, growing industries and the number of employers looking to hire fresh talent. The write-up says Cleveland has an advantage due to its brain-heavy emerging businesses and longtime corporate employers.

Although manufacturing remains the city’s primary industry, science and engineering run a close second, and the city is emerging as a research base for biotechnology. The biggest employers headquartered in Cleveland include Eaton (ETN), Parker Hannifin (PH), Sherwin-Williams (SHW), and KeyCorp (KEY).

We edged out some stiff competition. As far as contest for Ohio goes, Columbus came in at a higher slot, but Cincinnati and Dayton both fell on the lower end of the 30 finalists. We also edged out some places that you might think beer-bloated recent grads would actually prefer: Tampa (too many sharks attacks), Portland (too many indie rockers), Phoenix (anti-immigrant police state), and Charlotte (Duke). To be fair, Charlotte did kick our ass in the manliest city list.

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