Best Cities for Job Seekers Offer Low Unemployment, High Incomes

By Natalie Wise

Looking for a job is often a tiresome task filled with questions, doubt and the overwhelming question of
“Where to start?” Well, these 10 cities ranked by Nerd Wallet offer a great place to start your job search.

The best cities for job seekers feature, of course, a low unemployment rate. To show economic outlook, population growth is taken into consideration, as a growing population offers more opportunity for economic growth.

The report also factored in the cost of living when ranking the best city for job seekers. Affordability is key when finding a new home and is helpful to determining whether a job will be worthwhile or a burden.

The No. 1 best city for job seekers is growing and vibrant Austin, Texas. The working-age population is increasing fast, which is great for major companies in the metro like IBM and Dell.

Washington, D.C., the No. 2 best city, features a low unemployment rate and a high median income in the growing metro.

Fort Worth, Texas, No. 3, features several major employers in manufacturing and government sectors. Fort Worth is home to American Airlines and Lockheed Martin. The No. 4 city on the list, Denver, also features Lockheed Martin as a major employee.

Charlotte, N.C., No. 5 on the list, is the worldwide headquarters for Bank of America, as well as a regional headquarters for Wells Fargo bank. The unemployment rate for Charlotte is just slightly above the national average.

Number 6 is Raleigh, N.C., a major research city, features a below-average unemployment rate, followed by No. 7, Omaha, Neb., a great city choice for those in the healthcare profession. Omaha also features a very low (the lowest of all of the cities on the list) unemployment rate of 3.6 percent.

The Twin Cities metro of Minneapolis/St. Paul comes in at No. 8 with a diverse range of major employers and a great quality of life. The metro also features a low unemployment rate of 4 percent.

Oklahoma City, No. 9, is growing in the energy industry and is the home of two Fortune 500 major energy employers. Energy and technology are also growing employers in San Antonio, Texas, the No. 10 city for job seekers.

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