By Steve Warner
To help recent college grads decide where to start a career, WalletHub recently compared the relative market strength and livability of 180 U.S. cities, using 27 metrics ranging from availability of entry level jobs to monthly average starting salary (adjusted for cost of living) to workforce diversity and annual job growth rate (adjusted for population growth).
|CITY||TOTAL SCORE||‘PROFESSIONAL OPPORTUNITIES’ RANK||‘QUALITY OF LIFE’ RANK|
|1||Salt Lake City, UT||67.83||3||1|
While the City of Charleston ranks 4th overall, behind significantly larger cities like Salt Lake City, Orlando, and Atlanta, Charleston is tied for 1st in the Most Entry Level Jobs (per 100,000 working age population) with Orlando.
While WalletHub’s analysis is on the City of Charleston, it reflects the overall trend predicted in our 2016 Talent Demand Study projecting 26,000+ new jobs in high-wage, high-skill job categories driven by the three-county Charleston region’s high impact clusters: aerospace, automotive, life sciences, information technology and advanced logistics.