Philadelphia may not be Portlandia or Seattle, but maybe it's time for natives to outgrow their traditional inferiority complex. The city of Billy Penn and Ben Franklin outscored both those Pacific Northwest meccas in a new ranking of cities most attractive to recent college grads, according to Apartment Guide.
The top three cities - based on an amalgam of "lifestyle factors" - were New York, Washington and Philadelphia. Rounding out the top 10 were (4) Seattle, (5) Minneapolis, (6) San Francisco, (7) Chicago, (8) Las Vegas, (9) Portland, and (10) Denver.
The rankings were based on data from OnBoard Informatics, which weighed such attractions as "eating and drinking establishments, music venues, sports arenas [and] recreational activities," says an Apartment Guide spokeswoman.
"Cities and urban areas oftentimes have higher rental rates, and so we wanted to look at other factors — namely how fun/hip a city is based on lifestyle-driven elements — to color the picture we wanted to paint around that first post-grad move," the spokewoman says. "We really wanted the data to focus more on top cities that can offer the most in terms of lifestyle for post grads."