It's a great move for your career … if you love MISERY AND TOIL.
For years, terrified college students have been forewarned about the nation's oversaturated job market, taunted with notion that it's impossible to start a career after graduation. No doubt you're already recalling the all too-familiar image of the Physics P.h.D making you a mediocre latte or the med school graduate driving your drunk ass home in an Uber — but recent graduates of the land, we'd like to offer you a solution.
It's called: move to Denver.
According to a recent survey by WalletHub, our little state capitol is the second-best place in the country to start a career after graduating college. This ranking is based off metrics such as Denver's zesty median-income growth rate; unemployment rate; entrepreneurial activity; percentage of population with a bachelor's degree; median annual income; percentage of the population aged 25 to 34 years old; and projected population growth. Clearly, our robust job market and booming tech and marijuana sectors don't hurt, either.
… If you want a life of MISERY AND TOIL.
Don't let Denver's silver medal job market fool you, it's truly awful here. Terrible place.
First of all, Denver's population is exploding as it is without your precious little graduate degree taking up space. As the exploding population drives housing prices up towards the cosmos, most residents are now paying over half their income on rent. So sure, you might be able to find a job, but good luck finding one that'll pay you enough to cover that bed-bug ridden apartment.
"There are 20,000 units currently being built in the Denver Metro area and another 20,000 planned. But even with that, we are looking at the tightest market we've seen," said Alison George, director of the Colorado Division of Housing, a clear warning to you to stay out.
Yet, even with that boom in production, the housing vacancy rate sits at 4.4 percent. As soon as one renter leaves, another fills their place. It's almost impossible to get your foot in the door, literally, when it comes to housing, which is sadly pushing new graduates, minorities other people who aren't marijuana millionaires to the outskirts of town. This creates a nice little hurricane of nightmare traffic as people scramble to get to their jobs across the city. We know. It's awful.
So if you're looking to start your career out on the right track, don't be a part of the problem; be the solution. You'd be much better off moving to Salt Lake City, which WalletHub placed first, or any of the myriad other options in the Top 5 list including Austin, Sioux Falls and Minneapolis. That way, you won't exhaust our population of sexy, highly intelligent Denverites who already have too many mating options but not enough housing.
Still got your heart set on Colorado? Fine. There are two whole other Colorado cities you could choose from that aren't Denver: Aurora and Colorado Springs, which ranked as the 33rd and 46th best cities to start a career in, respectively. Both have high murder rates! Enjoy.