It's exciting to finish college and start job hunting, to look forward to working in your field, collecting a paycheck, having your own place to live and weekends free for fun.
This gives new grads, and other job seekers or anyone wishing to change jobs, good prospects for job offers, salary negotiations, and relocation choices.
The choice is good, and the cities with the best job markets offer the most choice.
In order to determine the best job markets in the U.S., WalletHub compared 182 cities - including the 150 most populated U.S. cities, plus at least two of the most populated cities in each state and scored them in two categories, "job market" and "socio-economics," across 30 key indicators of job-market strength.
The job market category is 80% of the score. It includes a range of factors, including employment growth, average starting salary, unemployment rate, job security, job satisfaction, benefits, risk of automation, the variety of industry and other factors.
Socio-economics, 20%, includes commute times, housing affordability, median annual income, transportation costs, safety, and the environment for dating, families, and recreation.
Here are 30 cities with the best job markets in the U.S.