FARGO - Fargo is the No. 1 spot in the U.S. to start a career, according to Zippia, an occupational resource website.

Fargo is perched on top of the Upper Midwest-heavy list thanks to a mix of factors that include a median income of $38,525, a pre-COVID unemployment rate of 2.5%, and relatively low average rental costs.

In the No. 2 spot was Sioux Falls, S.D., followed in descending order by Salt Lake City; Lincoln, Neb.; Madison, Wisc.; Raleigh, N.C.; Charleston, S.C.; Boise City, Idaho; Oklahoma City; and Nashville, Tenn.

Elsewhere around the region, St. Paul was ranked as the top city to start a career in Minnesota. Billings was best in Montana; Des Moines was best in Iowa; and Ann Arbor in Michigan.

Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney was happy with the news.

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“I am extremely proud of the strong economy and availability of affordable housing our community offers to young, talented workers. I want to express my sincere appreciation to the Fargo-Moorhead metro’s business community for creating and fostering a healthy economic environment,” Mahoney said in a news release.

“By working to continually improve our community, we all have a role in helping to retain our incredible workforce while also attracting new residents. Fargo will continue to be the regional leader, but this top ranking speaks volumes to the excellence of the unified efforts exhibited every day by Fargo, Moorhead, West Fargo and Dilworth metro community.”

For more information go to zippia.com/advice/best-cities-to-start-career/.