The City of Victoria just got another vote of confidence, this time as a great place for college graduates to be. According to a press release from OnlineDegrees.com, a report entitled “Best Small Cities for New Grads,” Victoria was ranked 15th out of 159 small cities across the nation. Including Victoria, there were five Texas cities in the top 15.

The website ranked cities with populations between 50,000 and 150,000 using seven criteria: median monthly rent, percent of housing units rented vs. owned, percent of the population between 20 and 34 years old, median earnings for bachelor’s degree holders, arts and entertainment options, state job growth projections and metro area unemployment rate.

City of Victoria Director of Communications O.C. Garza said the city's inclusion in the list is a rewarding acknowledgement of the city’s efforts to expand and diversify its economy, adding that Victoria has many career options including oil field, manufacturing, science and technology, retail, government and small business opportunities.

In addition to the new businesses, Victoria and the surrounding communities offer numerous festivals and events. Victoria has Bootfest, the Victoria TX Indie Film Fest, Comic Con, Jam Fest, Victoria Bach Festival, a food truck festival, and outdoor concerts and movie nights. All of these events are partially aimed at attracting college students and those in a similar age group.