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Pittsburgh Ranked No. 2 City to Launch Career

The city gets top marks for both career opportunities and quality of life for young professionals.


This graduation season may see more aspiring young professionals moving to the region. Pittsburgh has been ranked the second-best city in the country to launch a career.

That's according to new rankings released by Wallet Hub, which compared 180 U.S cities on 29 different criteria ranging from the availability of entry-level jobs to monthly average starting salary to workforce diversity.

Based on the data, the Steel City ranked only behind Salt Lake City, UT as a place to put down roots and start a career. Pittsburgh also ranked fourth for "Professional Opportunities" and sixth for "Quality of Life."

In case you were wondering, Atlanta, GA; Orlando, FL; and Austin, TX rounded out the top five of Wallet Hub's rankings.

Dr. Ingrid Fulmer, an associate dean and professor at Rutgers University School of Management and Labor Relations, says graduates and job seekers need to focus on cost of living in addition to salary when comparing cities.

Meanwhile, Fulmer says cities should focus on creating "affordable housing, welcoming neighborhoods, and attractive transportation options" to attract talented young professionals.

Image courtesy Igor Oliyarnik.

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