With graduation season upon us and employers planning to hire four percent more graduates from the Class of 2018 than they did from the Class of 2017, the personal-finance website WalletHub on Tuesday released its report on 2018’s Best & Worst Places to Start a Career.
According to the report, which lists the top 182 U.S. cities to start a career, two Alabama cities made it into the top 100 places to start a career: Birmingham ranked 68th and Huntsville 76th.
In order to determine the best cities in which to launch a career, WalletHub analysts compared the 182 cities — including the 150 most populated U.S. cities, plus at least two of the most populated cities in each state — across two key dimensions, “Professional Opportunities” and “Quality of Life.”
Birmingham has far more professional opportunities than Huntsville, coming in 33rd place with Huntsville ranked 88. But when it comes to quality of life, Huntsville surpasses Birmingham. Ranked 77th, while Birmingham takes home an abysmal 158th.
Meanwhile, Mobile, Ala. was ranked among the worst cities studied, coming in 172nd place — ranked 160th for professional opportunities and behind Birmingham on quality of life, ranked 171st.
See how Birmingham and Huntsville compare to the rest of the country: