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Grand Rapids ranks among top-20 cities for a summer job

May 17, 2016
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When it comes to looking for a summer job, Grand Rapids is one of the best cities in the country.

Grand Rapids ranks No. 14 in the 2016 ranking of the “Best Cities for Summer Jobs” by the consumer finance website WalletHub.

The study considered the 150 largest U.S. cities.


Cities were ranked across 18 metrics in two key categories: youth job-market outlook and social environment and affordability. Each metric was given a value between 0 and 100 and was weighted within the two categories.

Metrics in the youth job-market outlook included change in summer employment rate and availability of summer jobs and internship listings.

Social environment and affordability metrics included percentage of population ages 16 to 24, median rent price for a one-bedroom unit and minimum wage rates.

There were 75 total points available in the youth job-market outlook category and 25 points in social environment and affordability category.

Grand Rapids' scores

Grand Rapids’ total score of 58.38 ranks just behind Minneapolis at 58.84. Washington D.C. tops the ranking at 67.07.

Grand Rapids ranks highly in labor force participation rate of people ages 16 to 24 (6th), ratio of part-time to full-time workers (6th) and availability of summer jobs per capita (15th). Grand Rapids also ranks 23rd in median rent price for a one-bedroom property.

However, Grand Rapids is 66th in the percentage of insured part-time workers and 72nd in median income of part-time workers.

Elsewhere in Michigan, Detroit ranks 125th overall, scoring 39.96 points.

Top 10

1.   Washington, D.C. (67.07)
2.   Scottsdale, Arizona (66.97)
3.   San Francisco (64.61)
4.   Orlando, Florida (63.94)
5.   Reno, Nevada (62.59)
6.   Cincinnati (62.27)
7.   Fort Lauderdale, Florida (61.84)
8.   St. Louis (60.80)
9.   Boise, Idaho (59.92)
10. Pittsburgh (59.30)

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