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Best Cities for Job Seekers

People starting new careers or others just looking for a change should consider these cities, which have high employment rates and median incomes, growing populations, and employ in a variety of industries.

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Methodology

We determined the best cities for job seekers by comparing the 541 cities in our database across 4 categories. Each category is evaluated over a range of metrics with each metric being judged on a different point scale, as indicated below. Cities that receive the maximum points for each metric are determined to be the most desireable and appear higher in the list.

Strong Economy - Total Points: 49
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  • Population growth (10-year)1 - Points: 10
  • Employment growth (2017-2018)2 - Points: 10
  • Population growth (1-year)1 - Points: 10
  • Employment rate2 - Points: 10
  • Employment rate (full-time)3 - Points: 5
  • Employment growth (2010-2018)2 - Points: 4

High-Paying Jobs - Total Points: 33
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  • Income growth (1-year)3 - Points: 8
  • Income growth (10-year)3 - Points: 8
  • Income ($100,000 or more)3 - Points: 7
  • Income3 - Points: 7
  • Income (full-time)3 - Points: 3

Variety of Industries - Total Points: 11

  • Proportion of employed population in wholesale trade2 - Points: < 1
  • Proportion of employed population in agriculture2 - Points: < 1
  • Proportion of employed population in armed forces2 - Points: < 1
  • Proportion of employed population in construction2 - Points: < 1
  • Proportion of employed population in educational services & healthcare2 - Points: < 1
  • Proportion of employed population in finance and insurance2 - Points: < 1
  • Proportion of employed population in informational services2 - Points: < 1
  • Proportion of employed population in manufacturing2 - Points: < 1
  • Proportion of employed population in other services2 - Points: < 1
  • Proportion of employed population in public administration2 - Points: < 1
  • Proportion of employed population in retail trade2 - Points: < 1
  • Proportion of employed population in science and management2 - Points: < 1
  • Proportion of employed population in transportation and warehousing2 - Points: < 1

Internet - Total Points: 8
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  • Average download speed4 - Points: 6
  • Share of population with access to wired broadband 100mbps or faster4 - Points: 2
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Points doubled for value calculation
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Points doubled for fun calculation

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