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These are the Best Cities To Start Your Career After Graduation

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It's graduation season! It is a special time but also a scary one. Where does one even start? Well figuring out what you want to do is its own journey but something that can help dictate that choice is where you want to live. But certain cities might be better for finding a good job than others. To help you with this WalletHub released its report on 2018’s Best & Worst Places to Start a Career.

They compared more than 180 U.S. cities based on 27 key indicators of career-friendliness. The data set ranges from availability of entry-level jobs to monthly average starting salary to housing affordability.

Here are the best places to start a career:

Salt Lake City, UT

Orlando, FL

Atlanta, GA

Charleston, SC

Tempe, AZ

Austin, TX

Columbia, SC

Denver, CO

Raliegh, NC

Grand Rapids, MI

Some other interesting findings to note:

  • Durham, N.C., has the highest monthly average starting salary (adjusted for cost of living), $3,746, which is 2.7 times higher than in Honolulu and Pearl City, Hawaii, the cities with the lowest at $1,396.
  • Gilbert, Ariz., has the highest median annual household income (adjusted for cost of living), $90,085, which is 3.5 times higher than in Hialeah, Fla., the city with the lowest at $25,474.
  • Oxnard, Calif., has the highest workforce diversity, which is 2.4 times higher than in New Haven, Conn., the city with the lowest.
  • South Burlington, Vt., has the lowest unemployment rate, 1.80 percent, which is 5.5 times lower than in Detroit, the city with the highest at 9.90 percent.

To view the full report and your city’s rank, go here.


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