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Top Cities to Start Your Career

As you prepare to graduate from college and move into The Real World (you know, that place “where people stop being polite and start being real”), you’ve spent a lot of time thinking about what JOB you want to be doing.  What COMPANY you want to do it with.

Maybe you need to also spend some time thinking about WHERE you want to work as well.

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According to a survey by WALLETPOP, they’ve done analysis on 150 different places to work and live around the US and have determined the BEST PLACES TO START A CAREER based on a number of factors.


  1. Washington DC
  2. Denver
  3. Irving, TX
  4. Seattle
  5. Minneapolis
  6. San Francisco
  7. Austin, TX
  8. Dallas, TX
  9. Charlotte
  10. Houston, TX
  11. Nashville
  12. St Paul
  13. Salt Lake City
  14. Raleigh
  15. Pittsburgh
  16. Atlanta
  17. Aurora, CO
  18. Jersey City, NJ
  19. Oakland, CA
  20. Overland Park, KS

Things get a bit different if you’re looking solely at the QUALITY OF LIFE ranking of the same cities list:

  1. Atlanta
  2. Nashville
  3. Washington, DC
  4. Seattle
  5. Raleigh
  6. Madison, WI
  7. Charlotte
  8. Austin
  9. Denver
  10. Pittsburgh
  11. Minneapolis
  12. Durham, NC
  13. Lexington, KY
  14. Tempe, AZ
  15. Salt Lake City
  16. Portland, OR
  17. Orlando
  18. San Francisco
  19. Richmond
  20. Sioux Falls, SD

And if you’re only interested in JOB OPPORTUNITIES, let the QUALITY OF LIFE be damned? Maybe you should check out these 10 cities instead:

  1. Aurora, CO
  2. Irving, TX
  3. Washington, DC
  4. Oakland
  5. Denver
  6. Fremont, CA
  7. San Jose, CA
  8. Arlington, TX
  9. Tacoma, WA
  10. Grand Prairie, TX

If money is solely what you’re after, check out San Jose CA instad of Brownsville TX.

If you’re on the dating scene, check out Washington DC before you head out to Cape Coral FL.

And if you want to live cheap, the apartments in Springfield MO are significantly less expensive than those in San Francisco.