Salt Lake City named best place in America to start a career

Wallet Hub

With graduation season upon us and employers planning to hire nearly 17 percent more graduates from the Class of 2019 than they did from the Class of 2018, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2019’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 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 Places to Start a Career
1Salt Lake City, UT173Jackson, MS
2Pittsburgh, PA174Newport News, VA
3Atlanta, GA175Toledo, OH
4Orlando, FL176New Haven, CT
5Austin, TX177Pearl City, HI
6Minneapolis, MN178Oxnard, CA
7Seattle, WA179Bridgeport, CT
8Raleigh, NC180Hialeah, FL
9Boston, MA181Montgomery, AL
10Denver, CO182Shreveport, LA

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.

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Stuart is the founder, writer and wrangler at several sites including Gastronomic SLC, Utah Now and, The Utah Review; Stuart is a former restaurant critic of more than five years, working for the Salt Lake Tribune and has worked extensively with other local publications from Utah Stories through to Salt Lake Magazine and Visit Salt Lake.