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Lindsay Diaz and her son stand in what's left of their home after tornadoes tore through North Texas on Dec. 26, 2015.KERA's One Crisis Away project focuses on North Texans living on the financial edge.The problem's known as asset poverty, and it doesn’t discriminate. A job loss, health emergency, even legal trouble can be enough to plunge a third of our friends and neighbors into financial distress. One Crisis Away puts a human face on asset poverty and the financial struggles of people in North TexasExplore the series so far and join the KERA News team as they add new chapters to One Crisis Away in the months to come.One Crisis Away is funded in part by the Communities Foundation of Texas, Allstate Foundation, the Texas Women's Foundation, The Fort Worth Foundation, The Thomson Family Foundation, and the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas.

Dallas, Fort Worth And Other N. Texas Towns Ranked Some Of The Best To Start Career


Does geography actually matter when it comes to getting that first job?

A new Wallethub study ranks the best and worst cities for starting a career, and Texas is all over the top 25. Analyst Jill Gonzalez breaks down the rankings with KERA's Courtney Collins.

Interview Highlights: Jill Gonzalez On...

…what researchers evaluated:  “We evaluated quite a lot of metrics, 17 in all. They fell into two distinct categories: professional opportunities-- the job opportunities available, the unemployment rate, the economic mobility and income growth rate. And then the quality of life, you know, this is starting a career, setting down roots, possibly even starting a family, so we looked at income, the strength of social ties, the housing affordability and the projected population growth.”

…what stands out about the Lone Star State: “Our study here definitely uncovered a lot of areas where Texas is booming. So first of all there’s huge corporations there, a lot of entry level jobs, and there’s room for those jobs to grow not only into that corporation, kind of get going up the ladder here, but also your income, your wages, are really having a likelihood to evolve as well, and as we all know, not every state can really boast that.  We’ve seen a lot of wage stagnation over the years, it’s finally slowly but surely increasing; it has been increasing in Texas for some time now.”

…how good starting salaries are in Houston and Dallas: “We’re just looking at the monthly starting salaries here and compared to many other places, very high. Dallas was fourth best, that’s looking at $3,300 monthly, Houston more like $3,700 monthly, number one in the country.”