Idaho’s unemployment rate returned to pre-pandemic levels earlier this year, and with employers set to hire Class of 2022 college graduates at a much higher rate than they did for the class of 2021, Idaho is looking to be a good place for many young adults to start a career.
That sentiment rings true specifically for Boise, according to a recent study conducted by WalletHub. The personal finance website ranked Boise the sixth-best city in the U.S. to start a career in 2022.
Boise was also recently ranked one of the top cities in America to live by U.S. News and World Report.
Nampa also made the list of best places to start a career, ranking 60th out of the 182 cities WalletHub evaluated. Idaho was the second-highest ranked city in the northwest, ranking just behind Seattle in fifth.
WalletHub uses 27 key metrics to evaluate each city, factoring in the number of available entry-level jobs, the monthly average starting salary and the annual job growth rate.
The rankings also factor in entrepreneur-friendliness, which uses WalletHub’s “Best Large Cities to Start a Business” rankings. Boise ranks 5th on that list, the highest-ranked city west of the Rocky Mountains.
Boise was given a score of 61 out of 100, just 4.1 points behind top-ranked Salt Lake City. In some key categories, Boise ranked tied for first for job growth, seventh in professional opportunities and 17th in quality of life.
Who is Boise competing with?
According to WalletHub, here are the cities that Boise is ranked alongside in the top 10 places to start a career in America:
Salt Lake City, Utah
Columbia, South Carolina