Best & worst places to start a career

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Updated: Dec. 4, 2018 at 8:34 AM CST
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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - To help graduates and mid-life career-changers launch their careers in the right place, WalletHub has released its report on 2018’s Best & Worst Places to Start a Career. The company compared more than 180 U.S. cities based on 27 key indicators of career-friendliness. Categories range from availability of entry-level jobs, to monthly average starting salary, to housing affordability.

Best Places to Start a Career

  1. Salt  Lake City, UT
  2. Orlando,  FL
  3. Atlanta,  GA
  4. Charleston,  SC
  5. Tempe,  AZ

Worst Places to Start a Career

  1. Santa Clarita, CA
  2. Shreveport, LA
  3. Oxnard, CA
  4. Hialeah, FL
  5. Newark, NJ

Best vs. Worst

Durham, N.C., has the highest monthly average starting salary (adjusted for cost of living), $3,746, which is 2.7 times higher than in Honolulu and Pearl City, Hawaii, the cities with the lowest at $1,396.

Gilbert, Ariz., has the highest median annual household income (adjusted for cost of living), $90,085, which is 3.5 times higher than in Hialeah, Fla., the city with the lowest at $25,474.

Oxnard, Calif., has the highest workforce diversity, which is 2.4 times higher than in New Haven, Conn., the city with the lowest.

South Burlington, Vt., has the lowest unemployment rate, 1.80 percent, which is 5.5 times lower than in Detroit, the city with the highest at 9.90 percent.

To read the full report and see where Mid-South cities rank, click here.

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