Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Texas the Best State to Start a Career, California the Worst

 

Best Cities CareerWalletHub recently did a study showing graduating college students the 10 best and 10 worst places to start a career. To create the lists, the financial site reviewed the number of entry-level jobs, median starting salary, and housing affordability, then tossed it to their roomful of abacus jockeys to add up the results.

First for the best cities: Unsurprisingly, four of the top 10 are located in Texas, and nine are west of the Mississippi. Salt Lake City took the top spot.

The worst cities were also obvious. Four of the bottom 10 are in the once-golden state of California, while five of the remainder are east of the Mississippi. The worst of the worst is Mobile, AL.

Other findings were also interesting. Houston and Austin have the highest starting salary and lowest unemployment, respectively. And showing the severe divide between rich and poor Californians, Irvine has the highest percentage of residents with at least a bachelor’s degree, while San Bernardino has the lowest.

Despite California’s outlier status, if you know a recent graduate, tell them to “Go west, young man/woman/undecided!”

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  1. BrentB67 Inactive

    Interesting survey, but the information for Houston is stale. They are having a very rough time with the energy down turn.

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    • May 17, 2016, at 5:11 PM PDT
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  2. Brian Clendinen Member
    Brian Clendinen Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    This survey is completely worthless. It depends on your occupation at what the best cities are. For example Orlando is 37th but if you are in finance/accounting, or hospitality it is in the top 10. You really need to know what cities are good to start in for a given career to actually make any decisions.

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    • May 17, 2016, at 5:16 PM PDT
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  3. Muleskinner, Weasel Wrangler Member

    Brian Clendinen: This survey is completely worthless.

    Well it is from WalletHub, one of the bains of my existence.

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    • May 17, 2016, at 5:50 PM PDT
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  4. Douglas Inactive

    Brian Clendinen:This survey is completely worthless. It depends on your occupation at what the best cities are. For example Orlando is 37th but if you are in finance/accounting, or hospitality it is in the top 10. You really need to know what cities are good to start in for a given career to actually make any decisions.

    I imagine if you’re a top graduate in computer science, San Francisco is a pretty good place to start your career.

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    • May 17, 2016, at 5:58 PM PDT
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  5. TeamAmerica Member
    TeamAmerica Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    BrentB67:Interesting survey, but the information for Houston is stale. They are having a very rough time with the energy down turn.

    Brent- Off-topic, but Texas’ current economic difficulties offer an argument against socialism. In socialist economies like Venezuela or Brazil, where gov’t controls resources like oil, the WSJ noted recently that the result is an economy whose ups and downs are dependent on the price of commodities like oil; whereas in the US private corporations own the oil and can use its profits to create new businesses and to thereby diversify the economy, making it less resource-dependent. And if lefties offer the counter-argument that they only favor socialism in the form of gov’t distributing goodies like free college, point out that the high taxes required result in severe cuts in investment that creates jobs, especially higher-paying ones, causing largely the same result as an actual gov’t takeover of resources and businesses.

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    • May 17, 2016, at 9:01 PM PDT
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  6. Brian Clendinen Member
    Brian Clendinen Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Muleskinner:

    Brian Clendinen: This survey is completely worthless.

    Well it is from WalletHub, one of the bains of my existence.

    Why I don’t know about them. What is so bad about them?

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    • May 17, 2016, at 10:15 PM PDT
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  7. Muleskinner, Weasel Wrangler Member

    Brian Clendinen:

    Muleskinner:

    Brian Clendinen: This survey is completely worthless.

    Well it is from WalletHub, one of the bains of my existence.

    Why I don’t know about them. What is so bad about them?

    Usually usually just a bunch of random statistics put together without much thought, or consistency. Next time California will be the best place to do something or other.

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    • May 17, 2016, at 10:22 PM PDT
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  8. Frozen Chosen Inactive

    I can vouch for Minneapolis as the Twin Cities are virtually at full employment right now. Wages are high and there is a good cross section of verticals including manufacturing, retail, medical and technology.

    Unfortunately our state is run by socialists and taxes are high but if you can deal with that it’s not a bad place to live.

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    • May 18, 2016, at 6:07 AM PDT
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  9. Profile Photo Member

    How is Mobile worse than Philly?

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    • May 18, 2016, at 7:53 AM PDT
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  10. Johnny Dubya Inactive

    BrentB67:Interesting survey, but the information for Houston is stale. They are having a very rough time with the energy down turn.

    Yes, but if I were a college freshman, sophomore, or even a junior thinking of starting my career in Houston, I would not be too concerned. Oil prices are cyclical and are showing signs of recovery. They are likely to be back to healthy levels by year-end 2017.

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    • May 18, 2016, at 8:24 AM PDT
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  11. Johnny Dubya Inactive

    TeamAmerica:

    Brent- Off-topic, but Texas’ current economic difficulties offer an argument against socialism. In socialist economies like Venezuela or Brazil, where gov’t controls resources like oil, the WSJ noted recently that the result is an economy whose ups and downs are dependent on the price of commodities like oil; whereas in the US private corporations own the oil and can use its profits to create new businesses and to thereby diversify the economy, making it less resource-dependent. And if lefties offer the counter-argument that they only favor socialism in the form of gov’t distributing goodies like free college, point out that the high taxes required result in severe cuts in investment that creates jobs, especially higher-paying ones, causing largely the same result as an actual gov’t takeover of resources and businesses.

    Indeed.

    Lefties are not imaginative enough to understand that the economic dynamism that comes from private exploitation of oil and gas benefits everyone, to a greater and healthier extent than direct “sharing” of the oil wealth. Such “sharing” in countries where the government controls the reserves tends to be inequitable, corrupting, and destructive.

    Look at Venezuela. As Andrew Klavan noted on his podcast, medicine and basic goods are becoming more and more scarce. Meanwhile, Hugo Chavez’s daughter is the wealthiest woman in the country. Gee, I wonder how that happened!

    Mexico has realized the error of its ways and is redefining its reserves and oil industry.

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    • May 18, 2016, at 8:36 AM PDT
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  12. Brian McMenomy Inactive

    Muleskinner: Next time California will be the best place to do something or other.

    Surf?

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    • May 18, 2016, at 10:34 AM PDT
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  13. Muleskinner, Weasel Wrangler Member

    Brian McMenomy:

    Muleskinner: Next time California will be the best place to do something or other.

    Surf?

    I’m pretty sure that the surfing in CA is better than in TX. I’ve also been told that the average annual temperature in San Diego and Omaha are the same. But if you don’t consider the variance about the mean, you might get the wrong idea about how to dress in January.

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    • May 18, 2016, at 12:24 PM PDT
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  14. EThompson Inactive

    California is certainly one of the worst states to start or run an established business in the sense of regulations and taxes.

    Despite itself, CA attracts tourists from all the country and the globe like nothing I’ve seen since I lived in NYC. Don’t tell Jerry Brown, but we’ve been perfectly happy to operate there and live elsewhere!

    You wouldn’t believe the web site destinations from visitors who have visited my brick and mortars- from New Zealand to the British Isles.

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    • May 18, 2016, at 1:55 PM PDT
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