We’d love to have our residents live in our apartments in College Station forever, but all good things must come to an end. Soon, many of you will be graduating. Although, you don’t need us to remind you of that. You’ve probably been trying to plan your post-grad life out since last fall.
For those of you who might not be staying around Texas A&M for graduate school or a job on campus, we’ve got this list of the Top Places to Live in the U.S., according to U.S. News. If you’re applying for jobs outside of College Station, you might as well check out these cities.
- Seattle, WA
Average Yearly Salary: $59,060
Average Rent: $1,158
Median Age: 37.0
Aside from the questionable weather, Seattle has plenty of natural beauty. It’s surrounded by mountains, forests and the ocean. You can even drive a few hours north and visit British Columbia; the most beautiful province in Canada.
People who live in Seattle are generally relaxed, down to earth and friendly. You’re more likely to hang out at a quiet cafe than you are to find yourself at a loud club late at night. The amazing thing about Seattle isn’t so much what’s in the city, but rather what lies on the outskirts. If you aren’t into the outdoorsy lifestyle now, you will be after a few years in Seattle.
- Washington DC
Average Yearly Salary: $65,910
Average Rent: $1,498
Median Age: 36.3
You’ll never run out of things to do or interesting people to meet in Washington D.C. The city has all 4 major sports teams, some of the finest museums and monuments in America, and a blossoming bar and restaurant scene.
Before you enjoy all that though, make sure you can pay your rent. Average DC rent costs are nearly $400 higher than the national average. Most people who move to DC for jobs are paid well however, so don’t let the high cost of living discourage you from looking.
- San Jose
Average Yearly Salary: $78,620
Average Rent: $1,697
Median Age: 36.7
You might be surprised to learn than San Jose is actually larger than San Francisco. This northern California city is located close to both the Google and Apple headquarters, but you might need a Google or Apple salary in order to afford anything here.
On the plus side, San Jose receives more than 300 days of sunshine each year, so can leave your umbrella at your college station apartments when you move.
- Denver, CO
Average Yearly Salary: $54,450
Average Rent: $1,049
Median Age: 36.1
Millennials make up more than 20% of Denver’s population, so young people will feel right at home in the Mile High City. Actually, you might not feel right at home until you adjust to the altitude. Living more than 5,000 feet above sea level can have serious effects on your body until you’re used to it. Don’t worry though, humans can acclimate to the altitude after a few weeks.
Denver is located just one hour away from the Rocky Mountains, where the outdoor activities are absolutely endless. Locals get a discount on ski lift tickets too, so this is definitely the place to live if you’re interested in shredding powder.
- Austin, TX
Average Yearly Salary: $49,560
Average Rent: $1,044
Median Age: 33.6
Located just an hour from College Station, Austin is one of the fastest growing, youngest, most liveable cities in the United States. An estimated 50 people move to Austin everyday, so you won’t be the only transplant in your new apartment community.
So what are the downsides to living in Austin? Just the scorching hot weather in the spring, summer and fall, but we think you might be used to that already.
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