Recent college graduates who are entering the job market have a lot of factors to consider when looking for where they will settle next. A growing job market and housing affordability have helped Atlanta stay in the mix of the best options for new graduates.
In the 2017 Best & Worst Places to Start a Career, WalletHub ranked Atlanta as the sixth best city to start a career. The personal finance website looked at 150 of the largest markets in the United States and ranked them based on two areas: professional opportunities and quality of life.
Split between these two categories were 23 different metrics that were graded on a 100-point scale and then calculated a score based on a weighted average.
The metrics included the availability of entry-level jobs, monthly average starting salary and annual job growth rate, as well as the population age 25 to 33 and housing affordability.
Atlanta ranked No. 4 on number of entry-level jobs per 100,000 working-age people, No. 9 in fun-friendliness, No. 11 on singles-friendliness, and No. 18 on annual job growth rate adjusted for population growth.