The city of Naperville has been named one of the best cities for new college graduates, according to a recent study by Livability.com.
Naperville was ranked at No. 9 on Livability.com's list. The list is based on a study that ranked the quality of life and travel amenities of America’s small and mid-sized cities, according to a city of Naperville press release.
Cambridge, Mass., took the top spot as the best city for new college grads in 2014 while Bellevue, Wash., ranked at No. 2 and Austin, Texas, was ranked at No. 3. Livability.com has posted its full list online.
“Naperville has always held the reputation of a diverse community that offers something for everyone, regardless of your age or your chosen career,” said Naperville city manager Doug Krieger. “Our City has wonderful amenities and opportunities for young people who are ready to begin their lives once they have completed their college educations. We’re pleased to attract so many educated young people who not only help contribute their ideas and labor to our local economy but also want to begin the next chapter of their lives in a place where they can feel at home.”
The City of Naperville was chosen for its low unemployment rate of 5.5 percent among 25- to 34-year-olds, high percentage of non-service industry jobs and excellent public transportation.
"The city's picturesque Riverwalk and community parks see lots of activity from residents who exercise, play sports or just relax. Naperville's quaint downtown includes the Theater District, which is home to the widely attended North Central College theater program," according to Livability.com. "Residents can choose from more than 260 restaurants, including the Spanish-themed Meson Sabika and the award-winning Café Buonaro's Italian restaurant."
Editors of the study looked at factors such as the number of 25- to 34-year-olds living in each city, the availability of rental properties, unemployment rates, educational attainment levels, use of public transportation and the types of jobs these places offer.
They also sought out cities that cater to a younger demographic by offering lots of recreational activities, an active, fun atmosphere. The top-hiring industries were also taken into account, according to the Naperville news release.