The 5 Worst Cities to Start Your Career
Recently, WalletHub ranked the 150 most populated U.S. cities based on quality of life, professional opportunities, etc., to determine the best and worst cities to start a career.
Let's take a closer look at the five worst cities to start your career.
1. Detroit, Michigan. Professional Opportunities Rank: 145 of 150; Quality of Life Rank: 146 of 150
With high unemployment and low average salaries, Detroit was dubbed the single worst city to launch a career. The struggling economy of the city has led to a barrage of problems for residents, including a high rate of foreclosures.
2. Fresno, California. Professional Opportunities Rank: 150 of 150; Quality of Life Rank: 134 of 150
Fresno, California landed at 146 of the 150 cities profiled for lowest starting salary, and the cost of living in California is relatively high. Fresno struggles with unemployment as well, and this study ranked them 146 out of 150 cities in terms of available leisure establishments.
3. Toledo, Ohio. Professional Opportunities Rank: 144 of 150; Quality of Life Rank: 142 of 150
Toledo struggles with high unemployment, and low rates of education, but it did score well for cost of living compared with many other cities profiled in the study.
4. Columbus, Georgia. Professional Opportunities Rank: 142 of 150; Quality of Life Rank: 138 of 150
Columbus, Georgia ranked third from the bottom in terms of entry-level jobs, making it a tough place to get started. Additionally, The Daily Beast recently ranked Columbus number one on their list of America's brokest cities noting that the average personal debt was over $27,000.
5. Stockton, California. Professional Opportunities Rank: 140 of 150; Quality of Life Rank: 136 of 150
Ranked fifth from the bottom for leisure establishments per capita, and with the third highest unemployment rating on the list, Stockton, California is fifth on this list of worst cities to start a career.