The 15 best cities in America to work and live

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Austin has tons of job openings and affordable housing.
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Big cities like San Francisco are great when it comes to job opportunities.

But as Glassdoor’s Best Cities for Jobs list goes to show, you shouldn’t rule out midsize cities, which can offer more bang for your buck.

To compile its list, Glassdoor scored and ranked the 50 most populated US metros based on how easy it is to get a job there, how affordable it is to live there, and how satisfied employees are working there.

Here are 15 of the best cities to work and live:


15. Cleveland, Ohio

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Number of job openings: 35,130

Median base salary: $55,000

Median home value: $125,500

Job satisfaction rating: 3.2

Work-life balance rating: 3.2


14. Columbus, Ohio

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Number of job openings: 36,873

Median base salary: $57,000

Median home value: $154,600

Job satisfaction rating: 3.3

Work-life balance rating: 3.2


13. Kansas City, Missouri

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Number of job openings: 43,182

Median base salary: $58,000

Median home value: $147,500

Job satisfaction rating: 3.2

Work-life balance rating: 3.2


12. Detroit, Michigan

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Number of job openings: 59,494

Median base salary: $61,500

Median home value: $123,100

Job satisfaction rating: 3.2

Work-life balance rating: 3.2


11. St. Louis, Missouri

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Number of job openings: 49,450

Median base salary: $56,896

Median home value: $141,900

Job satisfaction rating: 3.3

Work-life balance rating: 3.2


10. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

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Number of job openings: 20,576

Median base salary: $50,000

Median home value: $132,500

Job satisfaction rating: 3.3

Work-life balance rating: 3.2


9. Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota

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Shutterstock/Rudy Balasko

Number of job openings: 65,141

Median base salary: $65,000

Median home value: $219,400

Job satisfaction rating: 3.3

Work-life balance rating: 3.3


8. Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina

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Flickr / Raleigh Skyline

Number of job openings: 34,660

Median base salary: $62,000

Median home value: $209,400

Job satisfaction rating: 3.3

Work-life balance rating: 3.3


7. Salt Lake City, Utah

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Skyguy414 / Wikimedia Commons

Number of job openings: 23,013

Median base salary: $58,700

Median home value: $234,400

Job satisfaction rating: 3.4

Work-life balance rating: 3.4


6. Austin, Texas

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iStock / RoschetzkyIstockPhoto

Number of job openings: 45,186

Median base salary: $61,000

Median home value: $247,500

Job satisfaction rating: 3.4

Work-life balance rating: 3.3


5. Washington, DC

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Number of job openings: 163,520

Median base salary: $70,000

Median home value: $364,100

Job satisfaction rating: 3.4

Work-life balance rating: 3.3


4. Boston, Massachusetts

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Katie Haugland/Flickr

Number of job openings: 121,498

Median base salary: $67,500

Median home value: $387,400

Job satisfaction rating: 3.4

Work-life balance rating: 3.4


3. Seattle, Washington

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Flickr / N i c o l a

Number of job openings: 103,124

Median base salary: $85,000

Median home value: $382,700

Job satisfaction rating: 3.4

Work-life balance rating: 3.3


2. San Francisco, California

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Shutterstock/Andrey Bayda

Number of job openings: 121,597

Median base salary: $88,000

Median home value: $806,600

Job satisfaction rating: 3.5

Work-life balance rating: 3.5


1. San Jose, California

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Don DeBold/flickr

Number of job openings: 61,038

Median base salary: $112,000

Median home value: $956,500

Job satisfaction rating: 3.5

Work-life balance rating: 3.5