Charleston Ranked a Best City to Start a Career

May 29, 2018

Financial advisor website WalletHub ranks Charleston 4th overall for “professional opportunities” and 19th overall for “quality of life” in its list of 2018 Best & Worst Places to Start a Career.

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).

Best Cities to Start a Career
1 Salt Lake City, UT 67.83 3 1
2 Orlando, FL 66.33 1 6
3 Atlanta, GA 65.04 2 11
4 Charleston, SC 60.70 4 19
5 Tempe, AZ 60.41 10 2


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.

Want insight into job demand, top jobs by salary, and corresponding educational programs? Visit the Charleston Regional Career Headlight and job links on the Charleston Community Guide website.

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