This Georgia city was named one of the worst cities in the US to start a career

The historic Partridge Inn is one of the most popular spots in town to stay, dine and relax with a cocktail on the wide porch. CONTRIBUTED BY: the Augusta Convention & Visitors Bureau.

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The historic Partridge Inn is one of the most popular spots in town to stay, dine and relax with a cocktail on the wide porch. CONTRIBUTED BY: the Augusta Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Of the 150 most populated cities in America, one Georgia city ranked among the worst places in the nation to start a career.

To come up with the list, WalletHub analysts compared the most populated US cities across two key dimensions: professional opportunities and quality of life.

Scores were assessed based on 23 relevant metrics including availability of entry-level jobs, annual job growth, median annual income, average commute time among several others.

Analysts collected data from the U.S. Census, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Department of Housing and Urban Development and more.

With a total score of 68.72, Salt Lake City, Utah, was named the best city to start a career in 2017. The city earned top honors across both key dimensions.

Source: WalletHub

Atlanta, which ranked sixth on the list, ranked in the top 10 for both professional opportunities and quality of life.

But Georgia cities Columbus (No. 133) and Augusta (No. 148) were recognized as some of the country’s worst cities to start a career, according to the WalletHub ranking.

Augusta received a total score of 36.03 and ranked 144th for professional opportunities and 143rd for quality of life.

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The only cities on the list with scores worse than Augusta were Newark, New Jersey, and Cleveland, Ohio.

Both Augusta and Columbus were also recognized as one of the 10 unhappiest cities in the country in WalletHub's "Happiest Places to Live" ranking for factors such as income/employment, emotional/physical well-being and community/environment.

Here are the 10 best cities to start a career, according to WalletHub:

  1. Salt Lake City, Utah
  2. Orlando, Florida
  3. Austin, Texas
  4. Grand Rapids, Michigan
  5. Tempe, Arizona
  6. Atlanta
  7. Miami, Florida
  8. Denver, Colorado
  9. Irving, Texas
  10. Madison, Wisconsin

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And the 10 worst:

  1. Newark, New Jersey
  2. Cleveland, Ohio
  3. Augusta
  4. Montgomery, Alabama
  5. Toledo, Ohio
  6. Yonkers, New York
  7. Detroit, Michigan
  8. Shreveport, Louisiana
  9. Chesapeake, Virginia
  10. Jackson, Mississippi

Read the full study and its methodology.