These Are the Best Cities to Start a Career

These Are the Best Cities to Start a Career

Even in this recovering jobs market, trying to find a full-time position after college — especially one that interests and excites you (and allows you to start paying off student loans ASAP) — can be a challenge.

But if you're looking in Salt Lake City, Utah, that challenge could get easier. That's the best city to start a career, according to a new study by WalletHub.

In an analysis of the 150 largest U.S. cities, WalletHub determined the best and worst places for new grads looking to land their first entry-level job. Each metro was ranked for professional opportunities and quality of life across 23 sub-categories, from availability of entry-level jobs and monthly average starting salary to housing affordability and fun-friendliness.

Wondering who else made the list? Here are the top 10:

Best Cities to Start a Career

1. Salt Lake City, Utah
2. Orlando, Florida
3. Austin, Texas
4. Grand Rapids, Michigan
5. Tempe, Arizona
6. Atlanta, Georgia
7. Miami, Florida
8. Denver, Colorado
9. Irving, Texas
10. Madison, Wisconsin

And where should you think about avoiding? Here are the bottom 10:

Worst Cities to Start a Career

1. Newark, New Jersey
2. Cleveland, Ohio
3. Augusta, Georgia
4. Montgomery, Alabama
5. Toledo, Ohio
6. Yonkers, New York
7. Detroit, Michigan
8. Shreveport, Louisiana
9. Chesapeake, Virginia
10. Jackson, Mississippi

For the complete list, you can find the full study here. And when you do land your first gig — and you will! — make sure you negotiate more than just the salary.

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