1/13 Austin, Texas
Austin is probably best known for its fantastic BBQ and music festivals. But the Texas capital also happens to be a burgeoning tech hub. The city has a lot of outstanding job opportunities, with 66 job openings per 1,000 residents, and many are in the technology, pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. Austin is one of the few major cities with a lot of jobs and a low cost of living - the average rent for a two-bedroom apartment is under $1,700 a month, making it easier to pay off those massive college loans.