In terms of particular categories, five California cities – Los Angeles, Long Beach, Anaheim, Santa Ana, and Irvine – provided the most arts and leisure establishments per capita. Texas dominated both affordable housing and starting salaries, with Plano and Corpus Christi topping the former and Houston, Arlington, Garland, and Grand Prairie comprising four of the top five in the latter. Surprisingly, three metro New York cities – Yonkers, Jersey City, and Newark – scored the highest rankings for creating entry-level jobs. Tallahassee, Florida and Jackson, Mississippi produced the highest job growth overall.
Hobbled by bankruptcy and poverty, Detroit ranked last among the 150 cities WalletHub studied for starting a career. Fresno (California), Toledo (Ohio), Columbus (Georgia), Stockton (California), and Cleveland (Ohio) also huddled near the bottom of the rankings. Other popular destinations that ranked below the Top 50 include: Atlanta (51st), San Diego (58th), Orlando (73rd), Los Angeles (98th), Chicago (105th), New York City (119th), and Las Vegas (131st).
The Top 50 Cities for Launching a Career (1-25)
|Overall Rank||City||Professional Opportunities Rank||Quality of Life Rank|
|2||Grand Prairie, TX||2||49|
|6||Corpus Christi, TX||4||82|
|8||Fort Worth, TX||7||41|
|9||Sioux Falls, SD||18||4|
|12||Salt Lake City, UT||16||19|
|15||Des Moines, IA||15||36|
|17||Oklahoma City, OK||12||44|
|24||San Francisco, CA||19||39|
|25||St. Paul, MN||21||35|