The Best City to Start Your Career Isn't New York—This Took the Top Spot
New York City is a wellspring of unique and exciting career opportunities that draw interested applicants from all over the world. But it's that exact reason that makes NYC one of the most notoriously difficult places to start your career, according to WalletHub's new survey. Despite what shows like Sex and the City would have you believe, low starting salaries, expensive rents, and an extremely competitive job market make it difficult to "make it" in this vibrant city.
So where should aspiring young professionals and ambitious businesspeople flock to instead? Per the personal finance website's analysis, Salt Lake City, Utah, is the best place to start a career in 2017, followed by Orlando, Florida; Austin, Texas; Grand Rapids, Michigan; and Tempe, Arizona. New York City and Los Angeles clocked in at numbers 129 and 69 out of 150, respectively, while Newark, New Jersey; Cleveland, Ohio; Augusta, Georgia; Montgomery, Alabama; and Toledo, Ohio, claimed the bottom five spots.
WalletHub ranked each of the 150 largest U.S. cities based on two main categories: professional opportunities and quality of life. Twenty-three key metrics went into determining each of those two qualities, including the availability of entry-level jobs, monthly average starting salary, workforce diversity, and more. Of course, this list is totally fact-based and fails to factor in personal circumstances like the industry you work in, where your family lives, and what your career goals are. If you're looking for a city statistically hardwired for success, Salt Lake City has your name on it.