Austin | Dallas | Houston
Ranking It

Texas dominates best cities to start a new job list, but Houston is somehow left out in favor of Fort Worth

Enlarge
Image
Bank of America Plaza in Downtown Dallas
Dallas is one of the best cities to start your career. Photo courtesy of Bank of America Plaza

Starting a new career can be daunting, but experts say living in the Lone Star State makes the transition a bit easier for new graduates. According to a new survey from Apartments.com, Texas boasts three of the 10 best cities in America to start a new job.

To determine the rankings, the website looked at average rent, unemployment rates and the percentage of the population aged 25 to 29. Austin, Fort Worth and Dallas all made the cut, giving Texas the distinct honor as the only state with three cities on the list.

Denver, Charlotte and Phoenix clamed the first three positions. Coming in at No. 4 overall, Austin — which frequently appears on lists like these — earned the top Texas spot.

"There's no shortage of entertainment in 'The Live Music Capital of the World' and with unemployment at just 3.3 percent, there's also no shortage of jobs," raved Time.com.

Fort Worth nabbed the No. 7 slot, boasting an average rent of just $864. Couple that with a 4.6 unemployment rate, and you have a pretty promising job-hunting horizon in Cowtown. That is something to smile about, even if Fort Worth's denizens are reportedly among the most humorless in the nation.

Dallas slipped in at No. 10 on the list. Big D has an average rent of $1,178, but big employers like AT&T and Exxon Mobil help offset the pricier cost of living. With a 4.3 percent unemployment rate, chances are good you can snag a job in Dallas.

Houston somehow didn't make the Top 10.

Newsletters for exploring your city

Daily Digest

Houston news, views + events

The Dining Report

News you can eat

Promo Alerts

Special offers + exclusive deals

We will not share or sell your email address

Vote Now
Select CultureMap's 2015 Charity Partner

Part of our mission at CultureMap is to shine a light on all the good work Houston non-profits do to make our city a better place to live. That's why we're bringing back the CultureMap Charity Challenge presented by Yellow Cab.

Help us select our 2015 charity partner by voting once a day, every day, until February 20 at midnight.

CultureMap Houston 2015 Charity Challenge January 2015 Alzheimer's 270 by 202 pixels