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Whether you’re a veteran of adult living or new to the game, housing remains a part of the foundation to success. As most may identify with, attending college is part of this journey, as well. H-town has been announced as a proclaimed asset for most college grads 2014; and in order to apply relief, housing needs must be taken care of regardless.

According to Businessweek, Houston, TX tops the charts in cost-of-living [91.4], while the declined—yet lingering—unemployment rate (8.4%) still exists. Those are rewarding statistics to most college graduates, because today's college graduate (with no experience) would have a good chance of obtaining a degree related position in Houston industries of energy, aeronautics, and health companies (i.e. Conoco Phillips, Halliburton, and Continental Airlines).

Moreover, Houston, TX is the home plate for 24 of the 57 largest companies that are located within the state of Texas; and the average annual pay is $44,880, which is a extremely important factor, in relation to students and families. Those kinds of statistics do aid in comprehending the rest of this article.

Housing

Yes, parks are nice; transportation systems are grand; and Houston Texans can’t forget about the sound investments of ‘good ole’ entertainment. Fortunately, certain things must be put into perspective; having a place to begin the journey/conquest—in today’s industry—is a requirement to traditional success in America. In fact, there are actual studies that reinforce that concept…

  • Utility package
  • Create personal budget
  • Save on lights, water, acquire grocery coupons, etc.
  • Roommate screening (split the rent)
  • Budget yourself for extras

Let’s get serious… According to sources:

Top Ten Cities for Most Entry-Level Job Openings* for Indeed & Apartment Guide:

1. Washington, DC

· Average rent (2 bd): $1,755, Average Sq. ft: 985

· Average rent (1 bd): $1,402, Average Sq. ft: 705

2. New York, NY

· Average rent (2 bd): $2,067, Average Sq. ft: 1,014

· Average rent (1 bd): $1,611, Average Sq. ft: 722

3. Houston, TX

· Average rent (2 bd): $1,121, Average Sq. ft: 1,024

· Average rent (1 bd): $854, Average Sq. ft: 660

4. Chicago, IL

· Average rent (2 bd): $1,318, Average Sq. ft: 990

· Average rent (1 bd): $1013, Average Sq. ft: 700

5. San Francisco, CA

· Average rent (2 bd): $2,337, Average Sq. ft: 946

· Average rent (1 bd): $1,864, Average Sq. ft: 663

6. Dallas, TX

· Average rent (2 bd): $1,100, Average Sq. ft: 1,024

· Average rent (1 bd): $822, Average Sq. ft: 673

7. Austin, TX

· Average rent (2 bd): $1,191, Average Sq. ft: 1,006

· Average rent (1 bd): $947, Average Sq. ft: 655

8. Los Angeles, CA

· Average rent (2 bd): $2,011, Average Sq. ft: 1,013

· Average rent (1 bd): $1,566, Average Sq. ft: 693

9. Atlanta, GA

· Average rent (2bd): $962, Average Sq. ft: 1,103

· Average rent (1 bd): $795, Average Sq. ft: 746

10. Phoenix, AZ

· Average rent (2 bd): $831, Average Sq. ft: 967

· Average rent (1 bd): $703, Average Sq. ft: 705

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