The Best And Worst Cities To Start A Career May Help You Finally Get A Job, Bro

career success


Job-hunting can really suck, we all know that. Between searching every website out there possible for the perfect job, to networking with a bunch of random people in hopes that they’ll actually be able to help your resume land in front of the right person, trying to find work is a real pain in the ass.

Things can become even harder when you’re just trying to start your career, but don’t have any experience to snag an interview in the industry that you want to. And, when the city you live in doesn’t have jobs for you, it might be time to look to relocate and get your ass somewhere that is. Like, seriously, who the hell is going to pursue an acting career in places other than Los Angeles or New York City, right?

While I’m not telling you to pack up your sh*t and move anytime soon, you might want to consider some of the best and worst cities to start your career. Thanks to information from Wallet Hub, many people who are job-hunting — especially new grads or younger workers — might want to consider these towns to move to, because it’s where jobs are booming for your type. Take a look at the graphic below.

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Source: WalletHub

Here’s a quick view of the top-10 best cities to start a career, via the results of Wallet Hub’s study.

  1. Salt Lake City, UT
  2. Orlando, FL
  3. Atlanta, GA
  4. Charleston, SC
  5. Tempe, AZ
  6. Austin, TX
  7. Columbia, SC
  8. Denver, CO
  9. Raleigh, NC
  10. Grand Rapids, MI

On the contrary, here are the top-10 worst cities to start a career, via the Wallet Hub study.

  1. Santa Clarita, CA
  2. Shreveport, LA
  3. Oxnard, CA
  4. Hialeah, FL
  5. Newark, NJ
  6. Montgomery, AL
  7. Newport News, VA
  8. Jackson, MS
  9. North Las Vegas, NV
  10. Detroit, MI

So, how’d Wallet Hub get to analyze each of these cities for job-hunting professionals like yourself? They used an in-depth methodology that examined 182 U.S. cities, examining each city on 27 key metrics that range from the availability of entry-level jobs to monthly average starting salary to workforce diversity — which included factors like affordable housing, job growth rate and available entry-level jobs, among other things.

For those job-hunting and feeling frustrated, the best and worst cities to start a career may be able to help you get some direction and find the gig you’ve long been waiting for. Or, you know, maybe just make you depressed that you live in New York City and can’t find a damn thing that pays over $30,000 a year since it’s the city with the least available entry-level jobs. Bummer, but happy hunting.

To see the full results from the study, head on over to Wallet Hub.

(H/T Wallet Hub)

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