As the most recent crop of college seniors have been awarded their diplomas, the next important decision many will make is where they should move now that they've graduated.

A ranking of the best major metropolitan areas from the American Institute for Economic Research

"The location you choose to go to college determines where you will likely spend the next four years of your life, and possibly where you will start your career," "Our ranking reflects the characteristics that make cities attractive to the average college student."

In addition to the overall ranking, college-student population, and overall city population, we also included each city's highest-scoring metric and rank.

Scroll through to find out the 15 best American cities for young college grads.

15. Miami, Florida

Overall city population: 5,930,416

College-student population: 445,865

Best city factor: Bars and restaurants (No. 4)

14. St. Louis, Missouri

Overall city population: 2,801,285

College-student population: 193,985

Best city factor: Rent (No. 1)

13. Atlanta, Georgia

Overall city population: 5,580,601

College-student population: 407,257

Best city factor: Bars and restaurants (No. 1)

12. Baltimore, Maryland

Overall city population: 2,784,691

College-student population: 232,641

Best city factor: Labor force (No. 6)

11. San Diego, California

Overall city population: 3,260,400

College-student population: 292,563

Best city factor: Innovation (No.6)

10. Houston, Texas

9. Dallas, Texas

Overall city population: 6,951,526

College-student population: 441,376

Best city factor: Rent (No. 2)

8. Chicago, Illinois

Overall city population: 9,554,342

College-student population: 702,610

Best city factor: Arts and entertainment (No. 5)

7. Los Angeles, California

6. New York, New York

Overall city population: 20,093,674

College-student population: 1,436,905

Best city factor: City access (No. 1)

5. Seattle, Washington

Overall city population: 3,672,113

College-student population: 260,572

Best city factor: Innovation (No. 3)

4. Minneapolis, Minnesota

3. Washington, District of Columbia

Overall city population: 6,034,629

College-student population: 499,437

Best city factor: College educated (No. 1)

2. Boston, Massachusetts

Overall city population: 4,426,634


Best city factor: Innovation (No. 1)

1. San Francisco, California

Overall city population: 4,595,792

College-student population: 364,608

Best city factor: Diversity (No. 1)