Top 10 Best (& Worst) Cities To Start Your Career In 2015

by Banks.com Contributor

Finding a good job can be a real challenge these days, especially for recent college graduates.

While the overall job market seems to be improving, some areas of the country are definitely doing better than others. So which cities have the best employment opportunities as well as good quality of life?

WalletHub recently conducted a study that analyzed the 150 largest U.S. cities based on their job markets, housing affordability, and social scenes.

Just remember that you need more than a strong job market to launch your career. You must be able to market yourself and your skills – and be willing to relocate if necessary.


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Source: WalletHub

10 Best Cities To Start A Career

Here are the top 10 places to launch your career in 2015. These cities are listed according to the overall rank of each city, which is based on the availability of professional opportunities as well as qualify of life.

1. Irving, Texas
2. Grand Prairie, Texas
3. Austin, Texas
4. Denver, Colorado
5. Houston, Texas
6. Corpus Christi, Texas
7. Fremont, California
8. Forth Worth, Texas
9. Sioux Falls, South Dakota
10. Tulsa, Oklahoma

10 Worst Cities To Start A Career

Here are the 10 worst places to launch your career in 2015. These cities are listed according to the overall rank of each city, which is based on their professional opportunities and qualify of life.

1. Detroit, Michigan
2. Fresno, California
3. Toledo, Ohio
4. Columbus, Georgia
5. Stockton, California
6. Cleveland, Ohio
7. Augusta, Georgia
8. Modesto, California
9. Mobile, Alabama
10. Milwaukee, Wisconsin


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Highest Job Growth

Here are the top 5 cities with the highest job growth (adjusted for population growth):

1. Tallahassee, Florida
2. Jackson, Mississippi
3. Oakland, California
4. Knoxville, Tennessee
5. Miami, Florida

Highest Starting Salaries

Here are the top 5 cities with the highest starting salaries (adjusted for cost of living):

1. Houston, Texas
2. Arlington, Texas
3. San Jose, California
4. Garland, Texas
5. Grand Prairie, Texas

Most Entry-Level Jobs

Here are the top 5 cities with the most entry-level jobs (per 10,000 inhabitants):

1. Yonkers, New York
2. Jersey City, New Jersey
3. Newark, New Jersey
4. Glendale, California
5. Grand Prairie, Texas


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Best Housing Affordability

Here are the top 5 cities with the highest housing affordability:

1. Plano, Texas
2. Corpus Christi, Texas
3. Gilbert, Arizona
4. Fort Wayne, Indiana
5. Peoria, Arizona

Best Social Scenes

Here are the top 5 cities with the most leisure establishments:

1. Los Angeles, California
2. Long Beach, California
3. Anaheim, California
4. Santa Ana, California
5. Irvine, California

Visit WalletHub for the complete list of city rankings, as well as detailed information about the survey.

 

SOURCE: WalletHub