Where are the best summer jobs? With many students expected to look for short-term work in order to bridge their finances or grow their professional skills, the personal-finance website WalletHub took an in-depth look at 2018’s Best Places for Summer Jobs.

Are the top jobs this summer as a lifeguard or waitress? Perhaps working as a teller at a national bank or maybe just babysitting? How about painting houses or helping someone move homes?

To help job seekers find the best summer employment opportunities, WalletHub’s analysts compared more than 180 markets in the U.S. across 21 key metrics. The data set ranges from availability of summer jobs to median income of part-time workers to median rental price.

Wondering where the top city is to work a summer job and get your summer finances in order? If you want to create a nice size savings account or your summer goal is to just squirrel away as much as possible before heading back to school in the fall  — be it college, university, or high school — these are the findings where you might do all of the above the best.

And even if you aren’t ready to move or simply relocate just for the summer, you might want to keep these top 20 cities in mind for future summer seasons or after you finish school:

Top 20 Cities for Summer Jobs


1Scottsdale, AZ11Minneapolis, MN
2Orlando, FL12Seattle, WA
3Columbia, MD13Austin, TX
4Denver, CO14Reno, NV
5Portland, ME15San Francisco, CA
6Miami, FL16Cincinnati, OH
7Fort Lauderdale, FL17St. Paul, MN
8Atlanta, GA18Portland, OR
9Salt Lake City, UT19Charleston, SC
10Rapid City, SD20Boise, ID

Best vs. Worst

  • Miami has the most part-time job openings per 1,000 people aged 16 to 24 in the labor force, 132.58, which is 21 times higher than in North Las Vegas, Nev., the city with the fewest at 6.32.
  • Scottsdale, Ariz., has the highest median income for part-time workers (adjusted for cost of living), $24,636, which is than 3.5 times higher than in New York, the city with the lowest at $6,993.
  • Portland, Maine, has the highest labor-force participation rate of people aged 16 to 24, 75.81 percent, which is 1.9 times higher than in Irvine, Calif., the city with the lowest at 39.33 percent.
  • Bismarck, ND, has the lowest unemployment rate for people aged 16 to 24, 2.56 percent, which is 14.6 times lower than in Detroit, the city with the highest at 37.33 percent.
  • Gilbert, Ariz. has the lowest share of people aged 16 to 24 living in poverty, 8.69 percent, which is 6.4 times lower than in Tallahassee, Fla., the city with the highest at 55.77 percent.

Regardless of where the best cities are for summer jobs this season, working hard to further your finances is always in your best interest. You will be proud of yourself for being able to put aside some money for future use or for anything you might need at the moment. Being responsible has its rewards!

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