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Boston a top city for college graduates, report says

Cost of living a challenge

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Boston is the ninth-best city in the U.S. for college graduates, according to a new survey from personal finance technology company SmartAsset.

The study looked at 108 cities in terms of affordability, job opportunities, and just plain, old fun for the twenty-something set.

Boston performed particularly strongly in terms of employment opportunities. “College grads are even earning more this year on average, the 16th-most overall,” according to a release from SmartAsset.

The city might have ranked even higher were it not for one thing: Cost of living, a cost that high home prices and rents exacerbate more than any single factor. Of the top 10 best cities for college grads, according to SmartAsset, Boston has the most expensive cost of living and the highest median rent.

And yet the young keep settling here. For now.