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75 best cities to find a job

  • 75 best cities to find a job
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    75 best cities to find a job

    While there are no shortage of factors to consider when moving to a new city, whether or not you’ll be able to find a job might very well be the most important. In fact, job opportunity remains one of the primary reasons people move to a city in the first place. After all, what good are those hip restaurants, nice museums, and other attractions if you can’t afford to go? Throw in skyrocketing rent prices, mouths to feed (including your own) and the escalating cost of home ownership, and it becomes all too easy to see how immediate employment is downright essential.

    Of course, baseline job opportunity (i.e the number of available jobs) isn’t the only thing worth investigating if you’re seeking employment. You should also be aware of factors like average monthly salary in a given city, or how many college graduates are moving into that same city, and at what rate. These peripheral indicators won’t just steer you toward better pay, but help you determine growth potential in every applicable sense of the concept.

    If this is all beginning to sound like a tedious homework assignment in the making, fret not because Stacker has done most of the research for you. Using data from WalletHub, we ranked the top 75 cities with the best job-market strength. By looking directly at both the job market rank and socio-economic landscape for any given city, an adjoining index score was derived. The higher the index, the stronger the job market. Suffice to say, the resulting list provided a few surprises. For instance, who knew that Arizona was the new land of opportunity? To see what else the urban job market has in store, check out the list in full. 

     

  • #75. Nashville, TN
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    #75. Nashville, TN

    Score: 54.16
    "Job-Market" Rank: #70
    "Socio-economic" Rank: #103

  • #74. Long Beach, CA
    3/ Eric Fredericks//wikimedia

    #74. Long Beach, CA

    Score: 54.18
    "Job-Market" Rank: #61
    "Socio-economic" Rank: #125

  • #73. Columbus, OH
    4/ Rfgagel//wikimedia

    #73. Columbus, OH

    Score: 54.29
    "Job-Market" Rank: #92
    "Socio-economic" Rank: #31

  • #72. Fort Lauderdale, FL
    5/ Milei.vencel//wikimedia

    #72. Fort Lauderdale, FL

    Score: 54.42
    "Job-Market" Rank: #56
    "Socio-economic" Rank: #141

  • #71. Cedar Rapids, IA
    6/ Davumaya//wikimedia

    #71. Cedar Rapids, IA

    Score: 54.58
    "Job-Market" Rank: #84
    "Socio-economic" Rank: #52

  • #70. Glendale, CA
    7/ Serouj//wikimedia

    #70. Glendale, CA

    Score: 54.58
    "Job-Market" Rank: #66
    "Socio-economic" Rank: #105

  • #69. Burlington, VT
    8/ Mfwills//wikimedia

    #69. Burlington, VT

    Score: 54.59
    "Job-Market" Rank: #102
    "Socio-economic" Rank: #6

  • #68. Charlotte, NC
    9/ James Willamor//wikimedia

    #68. Charlotte, NC

    Score: 54.64
    "Job-Market" Rank: #76
    "Socio-economic" Rank: #69

  • #67. Cincinnati, OH
    10/ Ynsalh//wikimedia

    #67. Cincinnati, OH

    Score: 54.77
    "Job-Market" Rank: #86
    "Socio-economic" Rank: #45

  • #66. Fort Smith, AR
    11/ Brandonrush//wikimedia

    #66. Fort Smith, AR

    Score: 54.87
    "Job-Market" Rank: #34
    "Socio-economic" Rank: #157

  • #65. Raleigh, NC
    12/ Mark Turner//wikimedia

    #65. Raleigh, NC

    Score: 55.12
    "Job-Market" Rank: #78
    "Socio-economic" Rank: #51

  • #64. Garden Grove, CA
    13/ Wattewyl//wikimedia

    #64. Garden Grove, CA

    Score: 55.2
    "Job-Market" Rank: #85
    "Socio-economic" Rank: #32

  • #63. Sioux Falls, SD
    14/ AlexiusHoratius//wikimedia

    #63. Sioux Falls, SD

    Score: 55.33
    "Job-Market" Rank: #87
    "Socio-economic" Rank: #21

  • #62. Lewiston, ME
    15/ John Phelan//wikimedia

    #62. Lewiston, ME

    Score: 55.37
    "Job-Market" Rank: #42
    "Socio-economic" Rank: #126

  • #61. Phoenix, AZ
    16/ DPPed//wikimedia

    #61. Phoenix, AZ

    Score: 55.47
    "Job-Market" Rank: #65
    "Socio-economic" Rank: #75

  • #60. Los Angeles, CA
    17/ Downtowngal//wikimedia

    #60. Los Angeles, CA

    Score: 55.8
    "Job-Market" Rank: #46
    "Socio-economic" Rank: #98

  • #59. San Antonio, TX
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    #59. San Antonio, TX

    Score: 55.83
    "Job-Market" Rank: #49
    "Socio-economic" Rank: #94

  • #58. Aurora, CO
    19/ Jeffrey Beall//wikimedia

    #58. Aurora, CO

    Score: 55.93
    "Job-Market" Rank: #33
    "Socio-economic" Rank: #129

  • #57. Little Rock, AR
    20/ Cliff//wikimedia

    #57. Little Rock, AR

    Score: 56.12
    "Job-Market" Rank: #23
    "Socio-economic" Rank: #160

  • #56. Mesa, AZ
    21/ Ixnayonthetimmay//wikimedia

    #56. Mesa, AZ

    Score: 56.25
    "Job-Market" Rank: #48
    "Socio-economic" Rank: #83

  • #55. Pearl City, HI
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    #55. Pearl City, HI

    Score: 56.41
    "Job-Market" Rank: #25
    "Socio-economic" Rank: #124

  • #54. Virginia Beach, VA
    23/ Kubigula//wikimedia

    #54. Virginia Beach, VA

    Score: 56.45
    "Job-Market" Rank: #75
    "Socio-economic" Rank: #20

  • #53. Salem, OR
    24/ Joe Mabel//wikimedia

    #53. Salem, OR

    Score: 56.64
    "Job-Market" Rank: #39
    "Socio-economic" Rank: #86

  • #52. West Valley City, UT
    25/ Leon7//wikimedia

    #52. West Valley City, UT

    Score: 56.76
    "Job-Market" Rank: #64
    "Socio-economic" Rank: #35

  • #51. Washington, DC
    26/ Andrew Bossi//wikimedia

    #51. Washington, DC

    Score: 56.77
    "Job-Market" Rank: #47
    "Socio-economic" Rank: #65

  • #50. Santa Clarita, CA
    27/ Konrad Summers//wikimedia

    #50. Santa Clarita, CA

    Score: 56.92
    "Job-Market" Rank: #36
    "Socio-economic" Rank: #90

  • #49. Dallas, TX
    28/ Alan Botting//wikimedia

    #49. Dallas, TX

    Score: 56.96
    "Job-Market" Rank: #22
    "Socio-economic" Rank: #135

  • #48. Garland, TX
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    #48. Garland, TX

    Score: 57.03
    "Job-Market" Rank: #16
    "Socio-economic" Rank: #147

  • #47. Colorado Springs, CO
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    #47. Colorado Springs, CO

    Score: 57.03
    "Job-Market" Rank: #68
    "Socio-economic" Rank: #24

  • #46. St. Petersburg, FL
    31/ John O'Neill//wikimedia

    #46. St. Petersburg, FL

    Score: 57.2
    "Job-Market" Rank: #41
    "Socio-economic" Rank: #58

  • #45. Pittsburgh, PA
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    #45. Pittsburgh, PA

    Score: 57.24
    "Job-Market" Rank: #81
    "Socio-economic" Rank: #7

  • #44. St. Paul, MN
    33/ AlexiusHoratius//wikimedia

    #44. St. Paul, MN

    Score: 57.28
    "Job-Market" Rank: #72
    "Socio-economic" Rank: #14

  • #43. Grand Rapids, MI
    34/ Grguy2011//wikimedia

    #43. Grand Rapids, MI

    Score: 57.32
    "Job-Market" Rank: #52
    "Socio-economic" Rank: #40

  • #42. Honolulu, HI
    35/ ErgoSum88//wikimedia

    #42. Honolulu, HI

    Score: 57.51
    "Job-Market" Rank: #44
    "Socio-economic" Rank: #46

  • #41. Sacramento, CA
    36/ DevinCook//wikimedia

    #41. Sacramento, CA

    Score: 57.51
    "Job-Market" Rank: #55
    "Socio-economic" Rank: #33

  • #40. Portland, OR
    37/ Fcb981//wikimedia

    #40. Portland, OR

    Score: 57.55
    "Job-Market" Rank: #59
    "Socio-economic" Rank: #26

  • #39. Amarillo, TX
    38/ The Erica Chang//wikimedia

    #39. Amarillo, TX

    Score: 57.6
    "Job-Market" Rank: #20
    "Socio-economic" Rank: #112

  • #38. Grand Prairie, TX
    39/ fcn80//wikimedia

    #38. Grand Prairie, TX

    Score: 57.89
    "Job-Market" Rank: #27
    "Socio-economic" Rank: #85

  • #37. South Burlington, VT
    40/ Superbug2399//wikimedia

    #37. South Burlington, VT

    Score: 57.91
    "Job-Market" Rank: #38
    "Socio-economic" Rank: #44

  • #36. Lincoln, NE
    41/ Stack//wikimedia

    #36. Lincoln, NE

    Score: 57.99
    "Job-Market" Rank: #74
    "Socio-economic" Rank: #8

  • #35. Omaha, NE
    42/ Ammodramus//wikimedia

    #35. Omaha, NE

    Score: 58.06
    "Job-Market" Rank: #53
    "Socio-economic" Rank: #23

  • #34. Rancho Cucamonga, CA
    43/ JWut89LA//wikimedia

    #34. Rancho Cucamonga, CA

    Score: 58.13
    "Job-Market" Rank: #50
    "Socio-economic" Rank: #27

  • #32. Huntington Beach, CA
    44/ Toksave//wikimedia

    #32. Huntington Beach, CA

    Score: 58.27
    "Job-Market" Rank: #40
    "Socio-economic" Rank: #30

  • #32. San Jose, CA
    45/ Andre Engels//wikimedia

    #32. San Jose, CA

    Score: 58.16
    "Job-Market" Rank: #31
    "Socio-economic" Rank: #59

  • #31. Des Moines, IA
    46/ Iowahwyman//wikimedia

    #31. Des Moines, IA

    Score: 58.42
    "Job-Market" Rank: #37
    "Socio-economic" Rank: #29

  • #30. San Diego, CA
    47/ 12019//pixabay

    #30. San Diego, CA

    Score: 58.55
    "Job-Market" Rank: #43
    "Socio-economic" Rank: #19

  • #29. Boise, ID
    48/ Lordchadwick79//wikimedia

    #29. Boise, ID

    Score: 58.62
    "Job-Market" Rank: #67
    "Socio-economic" Rank: #5

  • #28. Atlanta, GA
    49/ OTRS//wikimedia

    #28. Atlanta, GA

    Score: 58.78
    "Job-Market" Rank: #26
    "Socio-economic" Rank: #54

  • #27. Nashua, NH
    50/ Jon Platek//wikimedia

    #27. Nashua, NH

    Score: 58.85
    "Job-Market" Rank: #29
    "Socio-economic" Rank: #48

  • #26. Overland Park, KS
    51/ Mike Kalasnik//wikimedia

    #26. Overland Park, KS

    Score: 59.26
    "Job-Market" Rank: #45
    "Socio-economic" Rank: #10

  • #25. Denver, CO
    52/ mrminibike//pixabay

    #25. Denver, CO

    Score: 59.32
    "Job-Market" Rank: #35
    "Socio-economic" Rank: #17

  • #24. Minneapolis, MN
    53/ chriscastagneri//pixabay

    #24. Minneapolis, MN

    Score: 59.38
    "Job-Market" Rank: #58
    "Socio-economic" Rank: #2

  • #23. Irving, TX
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    #23. Irving, TX

    Score: 59.44
    "Job-Market" Rank: #8
    "Socio-economic" Rank: #122

  • #22. Manchester, NH
    55/ AlexiusHoratius//wikimedia

    #22. Manchester, NH

    Score: 59.52
    "Job-Market" Rank: #19
    "Socio-economic" Rank: #55

  • #21. Charleston, SC
    56/ Photoartel//wikimedia

    #21. Charleston, SC

    Score: 59.67
    "Job-Market" Rank: #24
    "Socio-economic" Rank: #38

  • #20. Tempe, AZ
    57/ Daderot//wikimedia

    #20. Tempe, AZ

    Score: 59.79
    "Job-Market" Rank: #32
    "Socio-economic" Rank: #15

  • #19. Fremont, CA
    58/ Lizsummers//wikimedia

    #19. Fremont, CA

    Score: 60.04
    "Job-Market" Rank: #15
    "Socio-economic" Rank: #66

  • #18. Salt Lake City, UT
    59/ Pasteur//wikimedia

    #18. Salt Lake City, UT

    Score: 60.65
    "Job-Market" Rank: #17
    "Socio-economic" Rank: #28

  • #17. Seattle, WA
    60/ Robert Barlow//wikimedia

    #17. Seattle, WA

    Score: 60.7
    "Job-Market" Rank: #28
    "Socio-economic" Rank: #11

  • #16. Tampa, FL
    61/ Sean Pavone // Shutterstock

    #16. Tampa, FL

    Score: 60.78
    "Job-Market" Rank: #18
    "Socio-economic" Rank: #22

  • #15. Columbia, MD
    62/ Pubdog//wikimedia

    #15. Columbia, MD

    Score: 61.28
    "Job-Market" Rank: #30
    "Socio-economic" Rank: #4

  • #14. Bismarck, ND
    63/ Andrew Filer//wikimedia

    #14. Bismarck, ND

    Score: 61.61
    "Job-Market" Rank: #13
    "Socio-economic" Rank: #39

  • #13. Orlando, FL
    64/ Gervacio Rosales//wikimedia

    #13. Orlando, FL

    Score: 61.98
    "Job-Market" Rank: #9
    "Socio-economic" Rank: #36

  • #12. Fargo, ND
    65/ Unimatic1140//wikimedia

    #12. Fargo, ND

    Score: 62.1
    "Job-Market" Rank: #14
    "Socio-economic" Rank: #18

  • #11. Austin, TX
    66/ Michael//wikimedia

    #11. Austin, TX

    Score: 62.29
    "Job-Market" Rank: #12
    "Socio-economic" Rank: #25

  • #10. Boston, MA
    67/ Francisco Anzola//wikimedia

    #10. Boston, MA

    Score: 62.37
    "Job-Market" Rank: #7
    "Socio-economic" Rank: #42

  • #9. Madison, WI
    68/ MuZemike//wikimedia

    #9. Madison, WI

    Score: 62.44
    "Job-Market" Rank: #21
    "Socio-economic" Rank: #1

  • #8. Irvine, CA
    69/ W.marsh//wikimedia

    #8. Irvine, CA

    Score: 62.86
    "Job-Market" Rank: #11
    "Socio-economic" Rank: #13

  • #7. Portland, ME
    70/ John Phelan//wikimedia

    #7. Portland, ME

    Score: 63.06
    "Job-Market" Rank: #10
    "Socio-economic" Rank: #12

  • #6. Plano, TX
    71/ Kwesirobertson//wikimedia

    #6. Plano, TX

    Score: 64.69
    "Job-Market" Rank: #6
    "Socio-economic" Rank: #16

  • #5. Gilbert, AZ
    72/ Tony the Marine//wikimedia

    #5. Gilbert, AZ

    Score: 65.35
    "Job-Market" Rank: #4
    "Socio-economic" Rank: #34

  • #4. Peoria, AZ
    73/ You Touch Pix of EuToch // Shutterstock

    #4. Peoria, AZ

    Score: 65.86
    "Job-Market" Rank: #1
    "Socio-economic" Rank: #56

  • #3. San Francisco, CA
    74/ misterfarmer//pixabay

    #3. San Francisco, CA

    Score: 66.06
    "Job-Market" Rank: #2
    "Socio-economic" Rank: #43

  • #2. Scottsdale, AZ
    75/ Joseph Plotz//wikimedia

    #2. Scottsdale, AZ

    Score: 66.29
    "Job-Market" Rank: #5
    "Socio-economic" Rank: #3

  • #1. Chandler, AZ
    76/ Ixnayonthetimmay//wikimedia

    #1. Chandler, AZ

    Score: 67.66
    "Job-Market" Rank: #3
    "Socio-economic" Rank: #9

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