recently published a list of the best cities for job-seeking grads.? The criteria for the list had less to do with bars and entertainment and more to do with opportunities for growth and work-life balance.? New York and LA didn’t make the cut– in fact, eight of the top ten are Southern cities.? No eastern metropolis? made the cut.? These cities are happy hosts to recent grads:

10. St Louis, MO

9.? Salt Lake City, UT

8.? Jacksonville, FL

7.? Memphis, TN

6.? Indianapolis, IN

5.? Orlando, FL

4.? Houston, TX

3.? San Antonio, TX

2.? Oklahoma City, OK

1.? Birmingham, AL