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Rochester ranks 95th on list of best cities to start a career

Rochester Business Journal
May 7, 2014

Rochester ranks in the bottom half of the nation’s largest 150 cities as an ideal place to start a career, a new report from WalletHub shows.

Best & Worst Cities to Start a Career ranks Rochester 95th nationwide, though the area ranked 43rd for its quality of life. In terms of professional opportunities, Rochester ranked 132nd.

WalletHub—a social website launched by Evolution Finance that offers financial tools and information for consumers and small business owners—analyzed the nation’s largest cities to determine the relative strength of their job markets, the attractiveness of their social scenes and various other factors important to new job market entrants.

Washington, D.C., ranked first on the list and third in terms of quality of life and professional opportunities. Modesto, Calif., ranked last on the list. Buffalo ranked 109th.

Los Angeles has the most leisure establishments, the report states, while San Jose, Calif., has the most expensive apartments. The best mating opportunities can be found in Washington, D.C., while the worst are in Cape Coral, Fla.

The full report can be found here: Best & Worst Cities to Start a Career.

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