#1: Washington, D.C.
Of course, if you’re looking to get started, there’s no place better to be than in the nation’s capitol: Washington, D.C. The district comes with a starting salary of $44,000 — the same as Boston — but with a cost of living slightly more appealing at 43% higher than the national average.
Of course, that’s a small trade-off for low unemployment (5.1%) and the opportunity that comes with it. Countless museums, government agencies, colleges, bars, restaurants and shops can be found in the district … and this year, D.C. finally had a little positivity on the sports front!