If You Can Make It There…

New York has been named as the best city for launching a career in a new study from Bankrate.

The company evaluated 100 U.S. cities using such criteria as job prospects, pay potential, quality of life, social opportunities and career advancement.

Find the complete ranking HERE.

New York stood out for career advancement, pay potential, quality of life and the city’s social opportunities.

However, New York wasn’t the only standout city. Rounding out the top 5 were Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington, D.C. and San Jose, California.

The cities at the bottom of the top 100 list offered only some of the qualities seen as highly desirable when starting a career.

For instance, Fayetteville, North Carolina offers young people a sound quality of life, but the city ranked at the bottom of the list for career advancement, job prospects and pay potential.

Sadly, these deficiencies make Fayetteville the worst place to launch a career, according to Bankrate.

The southern cities of Mobile, Alabama (#99), Beaumont-Port Arthur, Texas (#98), Jackson, Mississippi (#97) and Montgomery, Alabama (#96) make up the remaining bottom five.

Now, young residents of these “bottom tier” cities should not be discouraged by these results. As we ponder these results, thousands of young people are busy starting their successful careers in Fayetteville, Jackson and Mobile.

Rather, these rankings should be viewed as a relative judgement. Sure, the top-tier cities have unbeatable combinations of opportunities both social and professional. But a smart, determined person can do very well by avoiding the well-trod pathways to places like New York and Los Angeles.

Your career is, after all, as good as you make it.

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