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If you are looking to start your career, you want to start on the right foot.

From low unemployment rates and median rents to high salary rates, we've found state capitals that want you to be successful in joining their workforce.

We looked at all 50 capitals and divided them into the following areas:

  • The middle income
  • Average rent
  • unemployment

All of our data comes from the most recent survey by the US Census Bureau American Community.

These cities are state capitals for a reason. Maybe it's time for you to find out why. Treat yourself to a career in one of the following capital cities.

1. Pierre, South Dakota

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Unemployment rate: 2.2%
Merits: $ 37,669
Rental fee: $ 617

Pierre, South Dakota is high on the list when it comes to starting your career.

That's because it's number one for cheap rents nationwide. At $ 617 a month, it really doesn't get any better.

If that wasn't enough to sell you to Pierre, it could be enough to have the second lowest unemployment rate in the US of 2.2%. Here we come, Pierre!

2. Bismarck, North Dakota

North Dakota CapitolAce Diamond /

Unemployment rate: 1.9%
Merits: $ 39,300
Rental fee: $ 850

The second best state capital for career entry is Bismarck, North Dakota.

With an unemployment rate of 1.9%, you have no problem finding a job here.

With an average salary of $ 39,300, you can easily pay that $ 850 rent.

3. Jefferson City, Missouri

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Unemployment rate: 4.0%
Merits: $ 31,212
Rental fee: $ 621

Jefferson City, Missouri, is just outside of Mizzou University City of Columbia and awaits your arrival.

The capital has the second lowest rental average of $ 621.

4. Montpelier, Vermont

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Unemployment rate: 3.9%
Merits: $ 41,027
Rental fee: $ 992

Montpelier, Vermont is the fourth best state capital for your career.

The second highest salary rate of $ 41,027 is here, and you don't want to miss this out.

With an unemployment rate of 3.9% and an average rent of $ 992, Montpelier lives up to the hype.

5. Little Rock, Arkansas

Little Rock, ArkansasHenryk Sadura /

Unemployment rate: 4.3%
Merits: $ 32,751
Rental fee: $ 850

If the BBQ meal wasn't enough to make you move, these other factors may convince you: An unemployment rate of 4.3%. The average salary of $ 32,751.

For us, however, it's the average rent of $ 850. We wish our rent was this cheap!

6. Helena, Montana

Montana CapitolKatherine Welles /

Unemployment rate: 3.3%
Merits: $ 30,450
Rental fee: $ 818

In No. 6, Helena, Montana, has a lot to offer professionally.

The unemployment rate of 3.3% is the third lowest in the country.

And the average monthly rent of $ 818 isn't far behind either.

7. Lincoln, Nebraska

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Unemployment rate: 3.6%
Merits: $ 30,065
Rental fee: $ 822

Lincoln, Nebraska is the 7th best state capital to start your career.

From the fifth lowest unemployment rate to the tenth lowest monthly rent, you can live practically stress-free here.

8. Topeka, Kansas

Topeka, KansasHenryk Sadura /

Unemployment rate: 5.0%
Merits: $ 31,013
Rental fee: $ 790

Kansas may have a bad rap for being too flat (boring to drive through), but we think you should give it a try. Especially when it comes to starting a career.

Topeka, Kansas is a great place to start with a median rent of $ 790 and an unemployment rate of 5%.

9. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Oklahoma CityHenryk Sadura /

Unemployment rate: 4.8%
Merits: $ 31,434
Rental fee: $ 849

Oklahoma! Where the wind sweeps down the plains. However, that's not all you will be singing about in the state capital.

Oklahoma City has a lot going for those just starting their careers, like an average salary of $ 31,434 and a low monthly rent of $ 849.

10. Cheyenne, Wyoming

Wyoming CapitolDavid Gilder /

Unemployment rate: 5.8%
Merits: $ 36,684
Rental fee: $ 898

Cheyenne, Wyoming has a lot of great things to offer, and one of them is career potential.

Cheyenne offers one of the highest median salaries on this list at $ 36,684. And with an average rent of just $ 898, you won't have any problems here.

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