The Best City for You to Start Your Career and Live Your Life
There are, let's be honest, too many
First things first: Where should you start your career? When I was in college, I knew three friends who wanted to start a theatre company together. They did months of research-I remember them poring over print-outs in the dining hall-and ended up in Portland, OR. That seemed so rigorous. I, on the other hand, just moved to New York City because family was nearby and where the hell else was I going to move?
Well, according to this study from WalletHub , anywhere else . According to their research, the best cities to start a career (in 2017) are Salt Lake City, UT, Orlando, FL, and Austin, TX. My own Big Apple is 129th. But that's not such a shock-the study took into account 23 factors, ranging from "the availability of entry-level jobs to monthly average starting salary to workforce diversity." In addition to the overall rankings, you can see how cities fare on specific criteria-everyone's best city is different.
If you're looking for a city that fits your vibe and values in general, HighSpeedInternet.com ( ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ) has an interactive tool that promises to deliver "The U.S. City You Should Be Living In" based on your priorities. You choose what matters to you from 16 qualities like urban/rural, religious/non-religious, walkability, affordable living, and, of course, internet speed. Then you get a list of cities that fit your needs. You can limit the results by region, too.
I could not, under any combination of even vaguely true selections, get it to tell me I should live in New York, as I still do, so I guess this is my next stop .