HELP - Deciding between 2 unconventional IB cities (ATL versus MPLS)

Throughout the recruiting process this year, I wanted to go somewhere "untraditional" (NOT NYC/Chicago/SF, although I did recruit at a few places). I have two outstanding offers--one for a firm in Atlanta (don't want to give too much away, let's say MM IB/PE), and another in Minneapolis (think IB or PE as well).

Background: I'm from the east coast and am attending a southern school (not in Georgia). Definitely want to be something new/try something different after I graduate. Both cities have their individual appeal. Anyone care to weigh in with their advice?

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Jul 12, 2018

Depends on what you are into. Probably roughly equal COL. Neither are anything like the major cities in the Northeast/California from a finance perspective, but are fine in their own right.

If you like the culture in the South, then definitely take Atlanta. You will likely have friends from school that are in the city.

Minneapolis is fine, better than most people give it credit for. Cold as hell in the winter.

Jul 12, 2018

If you're in school in the south, Atlanta shouldn't be too bad. You'll have friends or friends of friends in the city you could live with. It's a city that's mostly underrated by people who haven't spent a lot of time there or don't know the fun spots to live / hang out.

Don't know anything about Minneapolis so I won't comment.

Jul 12, 2018

Minneapolis is a modern city with a growing population of younger workers. Lots of migration to downtown and the city itself, with tons of new apartments, condos in the inner city/downtown. Yeah, its cold in the winter but a good standard of living/quality of life - schools, medical, theatre, sports, low crime rate, etc.

Jul 12, 2018

MPLS is a solid city and has good opportunities out of IB in PE. Larger diversity of experiences you will likely get there, and the people are very nice.

Jul 12, 2018
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