2019 Best & Worst Places to Start a Career – WalletHub

With graduation season upon us and employers planning to hire nearly 17 percent more graduates from the Class of 2019 than they did from the Class of 2018, the personal-finance website WalletHub released its report on 2019’s Best & Worst Places to Start a Career. To help recent graduates launch their careers in the right place, WalletHub compared more than 180 U.S. cities based on 29 key indicators of career-friendliness. The data set ranges from availability of entry-level jobs to monthly average starting salary to housing affordability.


Best Places to Start a Career

  1. Salt Lake City, UT
  2. Pittsburgh, PA
  3. Atlanta, GA
  4. Orlando, FL
  5. Austin, TX
  6. Minneapolis, MN
  7. Seattle, WA
  8. Raleigh, NC
  9. Boston, MA
  10. Denver, CO

Worst Places to Start a Career

  1. Jackson, MS (Rank: 173)
  2. Newport News, VA (Rank: 174)
  3. Toledo, OH (Rank: 175)
  4. New Haven, CT (Rank: 176)
  5. Pearl City, HI (Rank: 177)
  6. Oxnard, CA (Rank: 178)
  7. Bridgeport, CT (Rank: 179)
  8. Hialeah, FL (Rank: 180)
  9. Montgomery, AL (Rank: 181)
  10. Shreveport, LA (Rank: 182)

Best vs. Worst

  • Tacoma, Washington, has the highest monthly average starting salary (adjusted for cost of living), $3,816, which is 2.8 times higher than in Honolulu and Pearl City, Hawaii, the cities with the lowest at $1,382.
  • Gilbert, Arizona, has the highest median annual household income (adjusted for cost of living), $89,903, which is 3.4 times higher than in Hialeah, Florida, the city with the lowest at $26,281.
  • West Valley City, Utah, has the highest workforce diversity, which is 2.3 times higher than in New Haven, Connecticut, the city with the lowest.
  • South Burlington, Vermont, has the lowest unemployment rate, 1.70 percent, which is 4.8 times lower than in Detroit, the city with the highest at 8.10 percent.
  • Dover, Delaware has the fastest job growth (adjusted for population growth), followed by West Valley City, Utah and Columbia, South Carolina. South Burlington, Vermont has the slowest job growth.
  • Cedar Rapids, Iowa has the most affordable housing, while New York, New York has the least affordable housing.
  • Orlando, Florida has the most entry-level jobs, while Santa Clarita, California has the least.

See the full study here: https://wallethub.com/edu/best-worst-cities-to-start-a-career/3626/