The best place to start a career is …

College graduations continue throughout the state, and those graduates are desperately looking for work.

Lucky for local graduates is that Austin is the third best place in the country when it comes to starting a career.

WalletHub, an online statistical company, recently ranked the 150 largest cities across the U.S., loooking at relative market strength and overall livability. The cities were examined based on 23 key metrics that range from the availability of entry-level jobs to monthly average starting salary to workforce diversity.

Austin came in third with a total score of 62.21. It was ranked 6th in both professional opportunities and quality of life. Salt Lake City caputures the number one overall ranking, with first in both professional opportunities and quality of life.

Other Texas cities within the top 100 include Irving 9th, Grand Prairie 21st, Dallas 26th, San Antonio 27th, Fort Worth 30th, Plano 31st, Amarillo 33rd, Corpus Christi 38th, Houston 42nd, El Paso 50th, Arlington 53rd, Laredo 55th, Lubbock 56th, Garland 71st, and Brownsville 86th.

Other interesting Texas facts:

• Houston ranked 3rd and Austin 4th in the Highest Monthly Average Starting Salaries (adjusted for cost of living).
• Lubbock ranked 147 for the Slowest Job Growth (adjusted for population growth).
• Plano is first with Most Affordable Housing.

Highest Monthly Average
Starting Salaries
(Adjusted for Cost of Living)
1. Durham, NC
2. Tacoma, WA
3. Houston, TX
4. Austin, TX
5. Dallas, TX

Most Entry-Level Jobs (per 100,000 Working-Age Population)
T-1. Orlando, FL
T-1. Salt Lake City, UT
3. Cincinnati, OH
4. Atlanta, GA
5. Tampa, FL

Fastest Job Growth
(Adjusted for Population Growth)
1. Riverside, CA
2. Grand Rapids, MI
3. Tallahassee, FL
4. Moreno Valley, CA
5. Miami, FL

Most Affordable Housing
1. Plano, TX
2. Fort Wayne, IN
3. Des Moines, IA
4. Overland Park, KS
5. Buffalo, NY

Highest Percentage of
Population Aged 25 to 34
1. Boston, MA
2. Washington, DC
T-3. San Francisco, CA
T-3. Jersey City, NJ
5. Seattle, WA

Lowest Monthly Average
Starting Salaries
(Adjusted for Cost of Living)
T-148. Anaheim, CA
T-148. Santa Ana, CA
T-148. Irvine, CA
149. New York, NY
150. Honolulu, HI

Fewest Entry-Level Jobs (per 100,000 Working-Age Population)
146. Moreno Valley, CA
147. Hialeah, FL
148. Santa Clara, CA
149. North Las Vegas, NV
150. New York, NY

Slowest Job Growth
(Adjusted for Population Growth)
146. Augusta, GA
147. Lubbock, TX
148. Shreveport, LA
149. Port St. Lucia, FL
150. Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Least Affordable Housing
146. Honolulu, HI
147. Los Angeles, CA
148. New York, NY
149. Glendale, CA
150. San Francisco, CA

Lowest Percentage of
Population Aged 25 to 34
146. Henderson, NV
147. Peoria, AZ
148. Hialeah, FL
149. Port St. Lucia, FL
150. Cape Coral, FL

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