Another selling point for Grand Rapids has emerged.

If you're a recent college graduate, GR is one of the best places in the country to start your career.

Affordable housing (which seems to be going away quickly) and our job growth rate are big factors.

WalletHub recently compared the top 150 markets in terms of career friendliness, and found that Grand Rapids ranked high for young people looking to get a leg up on a new career.

Not measured? Whether the young people who start their careers here, stay here.

Here's how Grand Rapids stacked up nationally in the main criteria:

Starting Your Career in Grand Rapids (1=Best; 75=Avg.)

  • 12th – Housing Affordability(this is changing rapidly, however, and not for the better from what I hear)
  • 68th – Monthly Avg. Starting Salary (Adjusted for Cost of Living)
  • 8th – Entry-Level Jobs per 100,000 Working-Age Population
  • 2nd – Annual Job Growth Rate (Adjusted for Population Growth)
  • 65th – Unemployment Rate
  • 64th – % of Adults Aged 25 & Older with at Least a Bachelor’s Degree
  • 43rd – Fun-Friendliness (What? We're fun and friendly, aren't we?)

Finishing ahead of Grand Rapids in terms of getting your career off the ground were Salt Lake City, Orlando, and Austin, TX, all cities with incredible growth rates.

Other regional cities on the list include, Detroit, way down near the bottom at 144th our of 150, Milwaukee, WI at 125th and Chicago at 117th.

Source: WalletHub

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