geoduck wrote:What I find interesting about that data is how many PT jobs BU grads are taking. Definitely not the most important thing on the page, but it piques my interest. Again though, cost of living can't be discounted.
Assuming these links work...
http://www.bestplaces.net/col/?salary=8 ... 2=52507000
http://www.bestplaces.net/col/?salary=8 ... 2=53651000
I used the imaginary base rate of $85k for Minneapolis. You'd have to make $132,5k in Boston or $136,7k in NYC for the same standard of living. Reverse it and take $160k in Boston. You would only have to make $102k in Minneapolis. And there are people who pull in more than that starting there.
BU/BC have about the same parttime + unemployed + unknown percentage as UMinn so I'd say that's a wash.
Actually after looking at the salary data I'd say that UMinn is actually pretty comparable to BU/BC (based on how much of their class is making 6 figures which is something like 1/3 for BU/BC and 1/4 for UMinn, as I think that is a necessary starting point for servicing sticker price debt). That being said, I don't think the way to look at it is by saying that Minnesota grads have a higher ceiling because they can make more money relative to cost of living. So UMinn isn't as bad as I thought but of course we are both ignoring the fact that someone needs to be okay with working in the given area.