Deciding where to lay the foundation for a long and prosperous career can be a daunting task, especially for recent graduates entering the job market for the first time. After all, there are numerous factors — job-market saturation, housing affordability and commuter-friendliness, for instance — to consider about each prospective area.

WalletHub’s data team compared the relative market strength and overall livability of the 150 largest U.S. cities to help recent college graduates find the best cradles for their burgeoning careers. We examined each city based on 23 key metrics that range from the availability of entry-level jobs to monthly average starting salary to workforce diversity. A complete breakdown of our findings, a detailed methodology and expert career advice can be found below.

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

  • 23rd – Projected Population Growth (2044 vs. 2014)
  • 6th – Monthly Avg. Starting Salary (Adjusted for Cost of Living)
  • 47th – Entry-Level Jobs per 100,000 Working-Age Population
  • 30th – Annual Job Growth Rate (Adjusted for Population Growth)
  • 3rd – Workforce Diversity
  • 25th – Unemployment Rate
  • 45th – % of Adults Aged 25 & Older with at Least a Bachelor’s Degree

See the full results from WalletHub here.

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