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Metroplex Cities Rank as Some of the 'Best Cities to Start a Career'

May 25, 2015 10:31AM ● Published by Kevin

Grand Prairie, Arlington, Fort Worth and Dallas ranked in the top 15 in a recent study produced by WalletHub as the Best Cities to Start a Career.

In order to help recent college graduates find the best "cradles for their burgeoning careers," WalletHub analyzed the 150 largest U.S. cities. The researchers recorded their findings by using 19 key metrics to determine the relative strength of their job markets as well as the attractiveness of their social scenes and other factors important to job market entrants.

Grand Prairie was second on the list with a "professional opportunities" (PO) rank of 2, and a "quality of life" (QL) rank of 49. Fort Worth followed at No. 8 (PO: 7, QL: 41); Arlington was named No. 11 (PO: 10, QL: 46); and Dallas placed 14th (PO: 6, QL: 64). Irving was the top city on the list.

Additional factors included "highest starting salaries," where Arlington was second and Grand Prairie tied for fourth, and "most entry-level jobs," where Grand Prairie landed fifth.

"Data used to create these rankings were obtained from the U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Sharecare, Indeed.com, the Equality of Opportunity Project, the Council for Community & Economic Research, the United States Conference of Mayors and WalletHub research."

For the full report, click here.

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