Don't Start Your Career Here—the Top 5 Cities to Avoid

Whether you're a recent college grad or in the midst of a career change, determining your next steps can be an overwhelming process—and that's an understatement. One way you can help set yourself up for success is by the process of elimination, and Money's recent article concerning the top five worst cities to start your career can help set some guidelines from the get-go. The study, conducted by WalletHub, provides results from a new report, which analyzed the best and worst cities to start a career among the 150 most populated cities in the United States. See which towns made the top five below.

  1. Detroit. Surely Michigan doesn't need any more controversy, but just take a cue from the city's teachers, who staged a recent "sick-out" over the prospect of going unpaid for work they'd already completed. If this is any indication as to the current status of the job market, it's no surprise the study suggests staying away from Detroit.
  2. Fresno, California. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Fresno's unemployment rate is over 10%—more than twice the national rate—which is evidence enough to avoid this area if you're in search of settling down with a stable career.
  3. Moreno Valley, California. Sure, it's located in sunny SoCal, but various economic struggles (it ranked fifth lowest in entry-level jobs per 100,000 working-age resident) scored this city its spot on the list.
  4. Akron, Ohio. Though Akron ranked fourth on the list, new stats suggest it could be on the rise, when it comes to jobs, but for now, it's best not to move here for a career.
  5. Hialeah, Florida. The low median household income coupled with the low median per capita income could be behind Hialeah's ranking. Even though the thought of Florida's sunshine can be enticing in the dead of winter, this city is not ideal when it comes to starting a career.

Are you surprised by the cities on this list? Now that you know which ones to avoid, check out the book What Color Is Your Parachute 2016 to help you navigate your way through the job hunt.