Among 182 cities, NYC is the worst place to start a career per Wallethub

Professional Opportunities – Total Points: 70

  • Availability of Entry-Level Jobs: Double Weight (~9.66 Points)
    Note: This metric measures the number of entry-level jobs per 100,000 residents aged 16 and older.
  • 4+ Star Company Jobs per Total People in Labor Force: Full Weight (~4.83 Points)
    Note: This metric measures the number of full time job opportunities at companies with 4+ stars on Glassdoor.com per the total number of people in the labor force.
  • Monthly Average Starting Salary: Full Weight (~4.83 Points)
    Note: This metric was adjusted for the cost of living.
  • Annual Job Growth Rate: Full Weight (~4.83 Points)
    Note: This metric was adjusted for population growth.
  • Median-Income Growth Rate: Full Weight (~4.83 Points)
  • Share of Workers in Poverty: Full Weight (~4.83 Points)
  • Workforce Diversity: Full Weight (~4.83 Points)
  • Unemployment Rate: Full Weight (~4.83 Points)
  • Underemployment Rate: Full Weight (~4.83 Points)
  • Employer-Based Retirement Access & Participation: Full Weight (~4.83 Points)
    Note: It’s important for employees to have access to an employer-based retirement plan.
    Workers in the United States accumulate the vast majority of their retirement savings through employer-based plans, but large gaps in coverage exist. Pew’s analysis shows that more than 30 million workers report they do not have access to an employer-based retirement plan.
    The analysis focuses on full-time, full-year, private sector wage and salary workers, ages 18 to 64.
  • Job Satisfaction: Full Weight (~4.83 Points)
    Note: This metric is based on The Indeed Job Happiness Index 2016.
  • Career Counselors per 1,000 Workers: Half Weight (~2.41 Points)
  • Entrepreneur-Friendliness: Full Weight (~4.83 Points)
    Note: This metric is based on WalletHub’s “Best Large Cities to Start a Business” ranking.
  • MSA GDP Growth Rate: Full Weight (~4.83 Points)

Quality of Life – Total Points: 30

  • Median Annual Income: Full Weight (~2.73 Points)
    Note: This metric was adjusted for the cost of living.
  • Average Length of Work Week (in Hours): Half Weight (~1.36 Points)
  • Commuter-Friendly Jobs: Full Weight (~2.73 Points)
    Note: This metric measures the number of jobs accessible by a 30-minute transit ride per total civilian employed population.
  • Average Commute Time (in Minutes): Half Weight (~1.36 Points)
  • Share of Population Aged 25 to 34: Full Weight (~2.73 Points)
  • Share of Millennial Newcomers: Full Weight (~2.73 Points)
  • Share of Adults Aged 25 & Older with at Least a Bachelor’s Degree: Full Weight (~2.73 Points)
  • Projected Population Growth (2046 vs. 2016): Full Weight (~2.73 Points)
  • Housing Affordability: Full Weight (~2.73 Points)
  • Fun-Friendliness: Full Weight (~2.73 Points)
    Note: This metric is based on WalletHub’s “Most Fun Cities in America” ranking.
  • Family-Friendliness: Full Weight (~2.73 Points)
    Note: This metric is based on WalletHub’s “Best & Worst Cities for Families” ranking.
  • Singles-Friendliness: Full Weight (~2.73 Points)
    Note: This metric is based on WalletHub’s “Best & Worst Cities for Singles” ranking.

Sources: Data used to create this ranking were collected from the U.S. Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Indeed.com, Glassdoor, The Pew Charitable Trusts, Council for Community & Economic Research, United States Conference of Mayors, Bureau of Economic Analysis, Chmura Economics & Analytics, Center for Neighborhood Technology and WalletHub research.

Vote Danniel Maio by November 7, 2023