According to Richard Florida, co-founder and editor at large of CityLab.com,
Minneapolis-St. Paul is one of the best places for recent college graduates.
The Twin Cities placed sixth among 20 metro areas studied.
Using economic and labor market data provided by EMSI
, Florida and his crew ranked America's 100 largest metros based on Bureau of Labor Statistics figures
on full-time regular employment for about 320 occupations that require post-secondary education. They then ranked the data using five key factors:
• Percent change in jobs requiring post-secondary education from 2010 to 2014.
• Percentage of 25-34 year olds who hold these positions.
• Average wages for these jobs requiring post-secondary education.
• Concentration of these jobs based on their "location quotient."
• Share of new jobs requiring post-secondary education that can be attributed to local economic conditions or competitiveness.
"Tech and knowledge hubs lead the pack," Florida writes
. "San Francisco takes first place, followed by San Jose, the center of the Silicon Valley. Austin is third, Seattle, fourth, and Denver, fifth. Minneapolis-St. Paul, Boston, Houston, Raleigh and L.A. round out the top ten. Overall the leading metros for these highly-skilled jobs reflect the twin pillars of America’s knowledge-energy economy.