Pomp, circumstance & Naperville

Livability.com, which rates places to set down roots, has chosen Naperville as one of its top 10 best towns in the U.S. for recent college graduates to set up house.

The listing released Monday places the city ninth, based on such factors as the availability of rental housing, transportation networks, employment rates, recreational activity options, “hot nightlife and a hip vibe,” a news release announcing the rankings states. The survey also weighed in the availability of jobs in such heavily pursued career areas as educational services; professional, scientific and technical services; health care and social assistance; and government.

The top three on the list were Cambridge, Mass.; Bellevue, Wash.; and Austin, Tex.

“Naperville, Ill., provides recent college grads with a blend of small-town charm and big-city amenities,” the release says. “A low unemployment rate of 5.5 percent among 25- to 34-year-olds, a high percentage of non-service industry jobs and excellent public transportation make Naperville an attractive area to start a job search. The city’s employment base includes technology firms, energy companies, retailers and factories. Also, nearly a quarter of residential properties in Naperville are rentals, many of which cost less than 30 percent of an average resident’s annual income.”

According to the 2010 U.S. Census, Naperville’s median age is 39.2 years and it has a total of 51,302 housing units. The average monthly expense for residential rental properties is $1,189. Median annual income was reported at $110,131 per household.

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