August 31, 2011 | last updated May 31, 2012 8:56 pm

Hartford-New Haven top U.S. cities for college grads

The Hartford-New Haven area was named as the top city for new college graduates to live in America -- beating out Boston, Philadelphia, Washington D.C. and Atlanta -- thanks to its lower cost of living and entry-level job opportunities, according to a ranking from Apartments.com and CareerRookie.com.

Greater Hartford-New Haven topped the list released on Wednesday, followed by Cleveland, Boston, Denver, Minneapolis, San Francisco, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Atlanta and St. Louis.

The two Web sites ranked U.S. cities on their viability for recent college graduates based on the average cost of a one-bedroom apartment, the number of jobs requiring less than one year experience and the number of 20- to 24-year-olds living in the region.

This is the fourth year the two sites put out the list.

In the Top 10 rankings, Hartford-New Haven had neither the lowest apartment cost, highest job inventory or greatest concentration of young adults, but the intersection of all three factors put the Connecticut capital ahead of the rest of the country.

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