Graduating this year? Here are the best and worst places to start a career

May 28, 2019

The personal-finance website WalletHub has released its report on Best & Worst Places to Start a Career as well as accompanying videos.

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 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.

To view the full report and your city’s rank, please visit:


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

173.) Jackson, MS

174.) Newport News, VA

175.) Toledo, OH

176.) New Haven, CT

177.) Pearl City, HI

178.) Oxnard, CA

179.) Bridgeport, CT

180.) Hialeah, FL

181.) Montgomery, AL

182) Shreveport, LA

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