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Best cities in America to start a new career? They're in Texas, naturally

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Fort Worth is a great place to start your career. Photo courtesy of Fort Worth CVB
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Dallas fell a few spots but it's still a good city for newbies. Photo by Justin Terveen
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Starting a new career can be daunting, but experts say living in the Lone Star State makes the transition a bit easier for new graduates. According to a new survey from Apartments.com, Texas has three of the 10 best cities in America to start a new job.

To determine the rankings, the website looked at average rent, unemployment rates and the percentage of the population aged 25 to 29. Austin, Fort Worth and Dallas all made the cut, giving Texas the distinct honor as the only state with three locales on the list.

Denver, Charlotte and Phoenix clamed the first three positions. Coming in at No. 4 overall, Austin — which frequently appears on lists like these — earned the top Texas spot.

"There's no shortage of entertainment in 'The Live Music Capital of the World' and with unemployment at just 3.3 percent, there's also no shortage of jobs," raved Time.com.

Fort Worth nabbed the No. 7 slot, boasting an average rent of just $864. Couple that with a 4.6 unemployment rate, and you have a pretty promising job-hunting horizon in Cowtown. That is something to smile about, even if Fort Worth's denizens are reportedly among the most humorless in the nation.

Dallas slipped in at No. 10 on the list. Our northern neighbor has an average rent of $1,178, but big employers like AT&T and Exxon Mobil help offset the pricier cost of living on that side of DFW. With a 4.3 percent unemployment rate, chances are good you can snag a job in Big D.

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