According to a report from Bankrate.com, Sacramento ranked third on its list of the “Worst Cities to Start a Career.” The report was released in May of this year and Sacramento just barely beat out Miami for third place on the list. This is bad news for anyone trying to make a living in Sacramento, which is the heart of politics in California. San Bernardino took the top spot on Bankrate’s report, but San Bernardino’s bankruptcy and its financial struggles explain its rank on the list. Bankrate’s report took into account factors such as affordability, employment opportunity, and career potential.
The data that Bankrate used came from a variety of sources including the U.S. Census, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce. On the list of “Best Cities to Start a Career,” Houston ranked first, followed by the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area at second place, and Washington D.C. at third place. Only two California cities made the “Best” list, San Jose at number seven and San Francisco at number ten. Contrary to Bankrate’s report, WalletHub ranked Sacramento as the 59th worst city to start a career. It’s interesting that both sites had vastly different rankings for Sacramento, but Sacramento made it to the bad list for both sides nonetheless.