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These North Texas cities rank among the best places to start a career

These North Texas cities rank among the best places to start a career

Dallas skyline at night
Your new career begins in Dallas. Photo by Matt Pasant

Graduation is upon us, which means it's time to talk about the future. There's good news for those who wish to plant roots near Dallas: Big D and surrounding cities are some of the best places to start a career in 2016.

Starting a career comes with a greater level of commitment than simply finding a job, so WalletHub analyzed the quality of professional opportunities in the 150 most populous U.S. cities, plus quality of life.

At No. 17 on the list, Dallas has no shortage of opportunities. There are nearly 100 entry-level jobs per 100,000 residents ages 16 and older, and, at $3,292 per month, Dallas offers the fourth highest median starting salary. Nearby career hot spots include Irving (No. 12), Plano (No. 20), Fort Worth (No. 21), and Grand Prairie (No. 24). 

Overall, the Lone Star State is a great place to start a career, with 10 cities in the top 30. Austin (No. 3), Houston (No. 9), and San Antonio (No. 26) also make strong showings, and Houston boasts the highest starting salary in the nation.