LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) — Recent college grads in the D.C. area who are seeking a place to begin their professional lives should look no further than nearby Montgomery County, a new study suggests.

A list of the Top 10 Best Cities for New College Grads ranks Bethesda as the fourth-best place for students to call home after graduation.

The list, compiled by Livability, ranks cities based on several factors, including available jobs and recreational activities to take part in during non-working hours.

Bethesda — home to major businesses such as the National Institutes of Health, Marriott International, and Lockheed Martin — has nearly 7,000 residents between the ages of 25 and 34, and boasts a vibrant nightlife that includes entertaining bars and gourmet restaurants.

The city’s proximity to the District — including a Metro stop located in its downtown — makes it easy for residents to explore the nation’s capital.

“Although there are fewer rental properties in Bethesda when compared to other cities on our list, young newcomers shouldn’t have a problem finding a trendy, hip apartment loaded with amenities like a pool, workout room and tennis courts,” the study says.

Top 10 Best Cities for New College Grads

#10 — Mountain View, Calif.
#9 — Naperville, Ill.
#8 — Fargo, N.D.
#7 — Ann Arbor, Mich.
#6 — Hoboken, N.J.
#5 — Minneapolis, Minn.
#4 — Bethesda, Md.
#3 — Austin, Texas
#2 — Bellevue, Wash.
#1 — Cambridge, Mass.


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