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New River Valley Named a Top 25 Place To Live

New River Valley Named a Top 25 Place To Live

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The New River Valley was recently named a Top 25 Place to live for young adults
The New River Valley was recently named a Top 25 Place to live for young adults

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 A friend of mine recently graduated from Radford’s Nursing program. She said – rather matter-of-factly – that
90% of hergraduating class did not have a job
. Here I thought health care was THE field to be in, and she’s saying that 9 out of 10graduates can’t find work. Reprinted fromhttp://www.nrvliving.com/2010/06/01/blacksburg-christiansburg-radford-a-best-place-for-college-grads/ 
Top Places To Live
 By Jeremy Hart, NRVLiving.com and Coldwell Banker Townside, Realtors Blacksburg, VA
Welcome to the working world, class of 2010. But there’sgood news, particularly if you’re looking for a place torelocate.CreativeClass.com just named the Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford area a Top 25 “Best Place” forrecent college graduates(it should be noted our neighborsto theeastandnorthwere noted, as well). Some of their criteria included: 
Presence of 20-somethings (20-24-year-olds) in thepopulation. 
Singles – measured as the share of unmarriedpeople. 
Earnings potential – measured as average salary. 
Unemployment rate. 
College-educated workforce – the share of theworkforce with a bachelor’s degree or higher. 
Rental housing – Having an abundant, availablestock of rental housing is key. We measured this asthe share of all housing made up of rental units. 
Youth-oriented amenities – like bars, restaurants,cafes, sports facilities, and entertainment venues. 
Creative capital – we use this to capture thecreative energy of a place. It’s measured as theshare of employed artists, musicians, actors,dancers, writers, designers, and entertainers inthe workforce. 
Openness – aregion’s openness to new and di
erent kinds of people reflects a lack of barriersand willingness to let newcomers, including young people, have a go. Our measure is theshare of gays and lesbians and foreign-bornresidents in a community.Yep, we’ve got all of that here in the NewRiver Valley. AndTheDailyBeast.com takesthe discussion of the “Twentysomethings”even further:
Twentysomethings understand well they facenot only fewer job options but dwindlingcorporate commitment—it’s not only harder to find a job, it’s also easier to lose it. So it makes good sense to pick a city where the labor market is thick with job opportunities as ahedge against economic insecurity. Whattwentysomethings value the most is the ability to meet people and make friends. This alsomakes very good sense actually. Personal networks are about much more than having fun, they’re among the best ways to find a joband move forward in a career.Twentysomethings rank the availability of outstanding colleges and universities highly. Many want to go back to school to pursue a

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