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9. Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT

9. Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT

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  • Median income for recent graduates: $48,056
  • Unemployment rate for recent graduates: 1.9%
  • Median rent: $1,061
  • Median home value: $247,900
  • Arts, entertainment, & recreation businesses: 19.2 per 1k recent grads
  • Share of population that are recent graduates: 2.1%
  • Cost of living: 1.5% above average

The Greater Hartford metropolitan area sits in the center of Connecticut. Its primary city, Hartford, is also the state’s capital and one of the oldest cities in the U.S. Hartford is perhaps best known for its prominence in the American insurance industry for which the city derives its nickname—the “Insurance Capital of the World.” Recent graduates moving to Hartford are likely to find numerous employment opportunities in the sector. The industry’s presence might also explain why Hartford has one of the highest median incomes for recent college graduates of any large metro—more than $10,000 above the national median. A lively arts and entertainment community helps make Hartford an attractive place to live.


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