America's Job Meccas: Surprising Places to Pursue Careers

By Sophie Schechter, Minyanville Media

Popular TV shows such as "How I Met Your Mother" and "Friends" revere urban areas (in these cases, Manhattan) that are already popular, especially with recent college graduates. These shows capitalize on the cities that college students, on the threshold of graduation, traditionally long to flock to. However, in this economy, with unemployment rates at a consistent low, the lifestyles idealized in these shows are becoming increasingly unrealistic, bordering on preposterous. But not every city mirrors the same discouraging unemployment statistics.