ST. CLOUD - A data-science group has recently ranked the St. Cloud metro area as a top destination in the United States for law graduates looking to start their career.

The GoodCall research team ranked St. Cloud #8 in the country using data from the Census Bureau, the Bureau of Labor Statistics and indeed.com.

The team credits St. Cloud with its high average salary for lawyers, low cost of living, good amenities and a strong job climate for law graduates.

Other cities St. Cloud placed ahead of on the rankings include San Francisco, Oakland and Houston. The New York, Newark and Jersey City area placed first on the list.