These are the 10 best and worst cities to start a new career in 2022

It’s graduation season, and many new grads are deciding where they’d like to start planting their roots. The class of 2022 is in a great position to start their careers, as many businesses are amping up hiring efforts and benefits packages in response to the Great Resignation.

According to the National Association of Colleges and Employees, employers are planning to hire 31.6% more new graduates from the class of 2022 than they hired from the class of 2021, up 5% from their original hiring projection of 26.6% last fall.

As young professionals start to enter the workforce, they should know that some places offer better opportunities for success than others, according to WalletHub’s latest report, which ranks the best and worst places to start a career in 2022.

To compile the list, WalletHub, a personal finance website, compared 182 cities across two key dimensions: professional opportunities and quality of life.

The report considers 27 metrics to determine the “most favorable conditions” for new job entrants. For professional opportunities, WalletHub compared availability for entry level jobs, workforce diversity, monthly average starting salary and annual job growth rate. To define places with the best quality of life, they compared median annual income, average length of the work week, housing affordability and percentage of fully-vaccinated residents.

Based on WalletHub’s report, these are the 10 best cities for starting a new career:

1. Salt Lake City, Utah

Total score: 65.12

Professional opportunities ranking: 4

Quality of life ranking: 5

2. Orlando, Fla.

Total score: 63.69

Professional opportunities ranking: 3

Quality of life ranking: 14

3. Atlanta, Ga.

Total score: 63.17

Professional opportunities ranking: 2

Quality of life ranking: 18

4. Austin, Texas

Total Score: 62.58

Professional opportunities ranking: 8

Quality of life ranking: 3

5. Seattle, Wash.

Total score: 61.38

Professional opportunities ranking: 12

Quality of life ranking: 2

6. Boise, Idaho

Total score: 60.97

Professional opportunities ranking: 7

Quality of life ranking: 17

7. Miami, Fla.

Total score: 60.81

Professional opportunities ranking: 1

Quality of life ranking: 73

8. Tampa, Fla.

Total score: 60.74

Professional opportunities ranking: 5

Quality of life ranking: 44

9. Portland, Maine

Total score: 60.63

Professional opportunities ranking: 10

Quality of life ranking: 7

10. Columbia, S.C.

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