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New study reveals SL in top 20 cities to live for recent grads

By Amanda Taylor | Posted - May 8th, 2014 @ 8:28pm

SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake is in the top 20 cities to start a career, according to a new study.

The study took a look at factors like rent costs, amount of entry-level jobs available and “best mating opportunities,” and found that Salt Lake City falls just below St. Paul, Minnesota.

“There is reason for optimism among the graduating class of 2014 as well as the scores of young people who have become so disillusioned with the job market that they have given up their search for employment,” the study said. “Not only do more employers plan to hire recent college grads this year, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, but hiring in general is also on the rise.”

If recent grads and twenty-somethings looking to get on a great career path are willing to relocate, the top three cities for recent grads to get a leg up on their career, according to WalletHub, are Washington, D.C., Denver and Irving, Texas. Texas held four of the top 10 spots.

WalletHub, the company behind the study, said Salt Lake ranked 15th in quality of life, and 45th in professional opportunities.

Quality of life was calculated based on arts leisure and recreation available in the area, percentage of the population with a bachelor’s degree, housing costs, share of the population that has never been married and average annual income.

Information was taken from the U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Sharecare,, the Equality of Opportunity Project and WalletHub research.

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