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WalletHub Study: 2021’s Best and Worst Places to Start a Career

With graduation season upon us and employers planning to hire 7.2% more graduates from the Class of 2021 than they did from the Class of 2020, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2021’s 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 28 key indicators of career-friendliness. The data set ranges from the availability of entry-level jobs to monthly average starting salary to housing affordability.

Best Places to Start a Career Worst Places to Start a Career
1. Salt Lake City, UT 173. Santa Clarita, CA
2. Orlando, FL 174. Philadelphia, PA
3. Atlanta, GA 175. North Las Vegas, NV
4. Austin, TX 176. Columbus, GA
5. Columbia, SC 177. Pembroke Pines, FL
6. Charleston, SC 178. Detroit, MI
7. Seattle, WA 179. Bridgeport, CT
8. Overland Park, KS 180. New York, NY
9. Durham, NC 181. Hialeah, FL
10. Scottsdale, AZ 182. Newark, NJ

Best vs. Worst

  • Tacoma, Washington, has the highest monthly average starting salary (adjusted for cost of living), $4,596, which is 3.1 times higher than in Honolulu and Pearl City, Hawaii, the cities with the lowest at $1,478.
  • Columbia, Maryland, has the highest median annual household income (adjusted for cost of living), $98,861, which is 3.4 times higher than in Newark, New Jersey, the city with the lowest at $28,757.
  • Oxnard, California, 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, 2.40 percent, which is 5.5 times lower than in Newark, New Jersey, the city with the highest at 13.30 percent.

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

The article above was released by WalletHub.