: 7 percent Median annual income
: $69,100 Average rent
: 1bd, $770/mo.; 2bd, $933/mo.
Dallas is the perfect blend of small-town charm and urban appeal. The cost of living here is well below the national average, but residents get all the perks of a big city. Nine Fortune 500 companies are headquartered in Dallas, including AT&T (T) and Southwest Airlines (LUV). Grads can find a variety of jobs in Dallas, including employment in the defense, tech, transportation, and utilities fields.
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