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Trying to Find a Job? Here are the Top Cities to Consider

When you’re thinking about moving to a new city, the ability to find a job plays a huge part in the decision.

A thriving job market (or the lack of) can be the deciding factor on whether you can be successful in a new place. Not all labor markets have the same kinds of opportunities to offer you.

When trying to determine the best cities for job hunting, there are a few key factors to look at: how easy is it to obtain a job, general job satisfaction, and the cost of living.

Hiring Opportunity and Job Satisfaction

Hiring opportunity is the ratio of active job openings to the population of the city. Obviously, the more job openings there are, the easier it’s going to be to find a job. However, without looking at how satisfied employees are in their jobs, you won’t get the whole picture.

If a city has a high number of active job openings, but the workforce is generally unsatisfied in their jobs, this may not be the market you’re looking for. Having the right balance of job openings paired with overall satisfaction of employees is the ideal situation.

Cost of Living

Aside from just being able to find job openings, a key factor is also the affordability of the city. Big, famous cities can be home to some amazing companies to work for, but if they’re among the most expensive places to live, it’s going to be extremely hard to survive and thrive.

If you find that great job you’ve been hunting for, but then you can’t afford the skyrocketing rent in the area, it’s not going to be your ideal market. An objective way to look at the cost of living is by the ratio of median base salary to median home value.

The Top 10 Best Cities for Jobs

The job search site Glassdoor ranks the top best cities for jobs each year, based on a 5-point scale, and is determined by weighing the cost of living, hiring opportunity, and job satisfaction. Here are some of the results from their most recent published report!

  1. Pittsburgh, PA
  • Job Satisfaction: 3.2 out of 5
  • Job Openings: 91,849
  • Median Base Salary: $46,500
  • Median Home Value: $141,300
  1. St. Louis, MO
  • Job Satisfaction: 3.5 out of 5
  • Job Openings: 75,061
  • Median Base Salary: $48,000
  • Median Home Value: $161,400
  1. Indianapolis, IN
  • Job Satisfaction: 3.4 out of 5
  • Job Openings: 55,344
  • Median Base Salary: $45,000
  • Median Home Value: $152,800
  1. Cincinnati, OH
  • Job Satisfaction: 3.3 out of 5
  • Job Openings: 61,320
  • Median Base Salary: $45,000
  • Median Home Value: $160,900
  1. Hartford, CT
  • Job Satisfaction: 3.3 out of 5
  • Job Openings: 40,978
  • Median Base Salary: $55,000
  • Median Home Value: $277,600
  1. Boston, MA
  • Job Satisfaction: 3.5 out of 5
  • Job Openings: 211,602
  • Median Base Salary: $62,000
  • Median Home Value: $455,600
  1. Memphis, TN
  • Job Satisfaction: 3.4 out of 5
  • Job Openings: 26,022
  • Median Base Salary: $43,900
  • Median Home Value: $133,100
  1. Raleigh, NC
  • Job Satisfaction: 3.4 out of 5
  • Job Openings: 49,003
  • Median Base Salary: $50,000
  • Median Home Value: $255,000
  1. Cleveland, OH
  • Job Satisfaction: 3.2 out of 5
  • Job Openings: 44,385
  • Median Base Salary: $46,000
  • Median Home Value: $141,100
  1. Detroit, MI
  • Job Satisfaction: 3.3 out of 5
  • Job Openings: 88,995
  • Median Base Salary: $50,000
  • Median Home Value: $154,900

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