Lubbock ranked among top 10 best cities for college graduates
Recent college graduates in Lubbock may already be in a good place.
A recent report in USA TODAY ranked Lubbock the ninth best city for college graduates. The report analyzed 100 of the largest cities in the country, looking at affordability, jobs and livability.
"Anytime we can be higher on any ranking scale, higher than Austin, Texas, I think that sends a huge signal," Eddie McBride, CEO of the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce, said.
This "college town" qualifies for this ranking, McBride said. There is a vibrant college scene and several opportunities.
"Lubbock is great place to be for a number of things," Jay Killough, director of the Texas Tech University Career Center, said. "Cost of living, it's very affordable to be here. My favorite's the people."
Many graduates do remain in the Hub City, but others leave for bigger job markets, Killough said.
"And what we find is that when they leave...get a big taste of the city life, there's a certain percentage, after about five years, they'll call us saying, 'Hey, can you help me find a job back in Lubbock?'" he said.
The city does however maintain a low unemployment rate among college graduates.
"In March 2019, there was a 3.1 unemployment rate overall," McBride said, "but college graduates, in April 2019, the latest information I saw was 2.1 percent."
Lubbock has seen a 10 percent growth over the last decade, a 1 to 2 percent increase each year.
The key to holding onto more graduates is more jobs. A feat likely to happen as the city continues to grow.
"As businesses grow, they create more opportunities, and I think that's going to be more important. That's what we need to do is find more jobs for more college grads," McBride said.