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May 16, 2022

Portland tallies another 'Top 10' accolade, this time as a city to start a career

WalletHub U.S. map with dots, showing Maine is No. 9 Courtesy / WalletHub Out of 182 U.S. cities ranked by WalletHub, Portland was found to be the ninth-best city to start a career.

In a new Wallet Hub ranking of the best and worst cities to start a career in 2022, Portland is among the top 10. Maine's largest city was ranked No. 9, just ahead of Columbia, S.C. 

Salt Lake City tops the list, with Orlando, Atlanta, Austin and Seattle rounding out the top five.

Researchers at the personal finance website evaluated 182 cities, including the 150 most populated cities overall plus two of the most populated cities in each state, according to 27 metrics. Cities were evaluated according to professional opportunities and quality of life, with a long list of sub-categories under each.

Availability of entry-level jobs accounted for the most points under professional opportunities, while commuter jobs, share of millennial newcomers nd median annual income were factored into the quality of life measure.

Portland received a higher ranking, No. 7, for quality of life, than for professional opportunities, where it was No. 10.

Lewiston was No. 106 overall, while North Las Vegas, Nev., was dead last at No. 182. The full WalletHub report is available here.

Researchers noted that when considering where to start their professional lives, recent graduates have a lot to consider about each prospective area such as job-market saturation, housing affordability and being commuter friendly.

"Fortunately, new graduates are entering the market at a good time," they say, adding that employers plan to hire 31.6% more graduates from the Class of 2022 than they did from the Class of 2021.

Earlier this week, Portland was in the national spotlight for ranking No. 8  on the U.S. News & World Report list of "2022-23 Best Places to Live."

While highlighting Portland's "artful living and farm-to-table dining," U.S. News also cited the city's soaring housing prices and a shortage of affordable housing as shortfalls, saying, "Portland is at a crossroads on moving forward."

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