Chicago

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Students seeking to move to Chicagoland will find a balance between demographic and quality-of-life factors along with the advantages of big-city life and Heartland openness. At first glance, labor-market conditions may present challenges for finding employment after school. Youth unemployment ranks second to last. However, labor market conditions and rental costs rank in the middle of the pack. Extensive public transportation and a bike obsession place Chicago in the top third for city access. And newcomers will find an urban area with diversity. Students will also find opportunities among the many colleges, universities, health-related businesses, and cultural organizations.

#8 Chicago

POPULATION: 9,554,342
STUDENTS: 702,610
RANKING DETAIL:
#9 COLLEGE EDUCATED
#10 DIVERSITY

Quality of life

#5 CITY ACCESS
#5 ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
#9 BARS AND RESTAURANTS

Economics

#14 YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT
#7 LABOR FORCE
#11 INNOVATION
#5 RENT

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