Top 7 Cities for College Grads Phoenix is No. 1 By Newser Editors, Newser Staff Posted Apr 7, 2016 11:19 AM CDT 15 comments Comments The Phoenix skyline at sunset. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File) (Newser) – Which cities are best for new college grads? In terms of jobs alone, San Francisco and New York City might be the top two logical choices, but factor in other things such as rent and the overall cost of living, and the picture changes. Credit.com ranked a slew of factors, including perks such as walkability, to come up with the 15 best cities for grads. Here are the top 7: Phoenix Philadelphia Los Angeles New York City Chicago Detroit Jacksonville, Fla. Click for the full list—San Fran does manage to crack it—and for more specifics on the individual cities.