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East Coast, Midwest best for new grads

Recent college graduates might want to relocate to the Midwest or East Coast.

Recent college graduates might want to relocate to the Midwest or East Coast.

The West Coast cities of Portland, Oregon, and Seattle ranked high on The Street's recent list of best places for recent college grads to avoid the real world. But if newly minted degree-holders are looking to enter the real world by getting a job, they will probably do better by moving to the East Coast or Midwest, according to Apartments.com and CareerRookie.com.

To compile their list of the best cities for recent grads, the real estate and career websites considered a city's available jobs requiring less than a year of experience, the average rent of a one-bedroom apartment and the total concentration of adults aged 20 to 24.

Based on these criteria, the Hartford-New Haven, Connecticut, area came out on top. Those looking to live in a bigger East Coast city might consider Boston, which came in at number three.

Other eastern outposts included Washington, D.C. (7), and Philadelphia (8). The Midwest was represented by Cleveland (2), Minneapolis (5) and St. Louis (10).

San Francisco (6) was the only West Coast city, while Atlanta (9) represented the South.

The Rocky Mountain city of Denver came in at number four. Grads looking to move to Denver will want to act quickly if they find a good deal on property, since it is the nation's fastest-selling real estate market, according to the National Association of Realtors.