The 20 best US cities for finding a job in 2017

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San Francisco is one of the best places to look for a new job this year.

“New year, new city?” If you’re in the market for a fresh start and a new job, you may want to consider adopting this motto.

But not just any new city will do.

As it turns out, places like Miami and Salt Lake City are better for job seekers than New York City and Los Angeles right now, according to personal-finance site WalletHub.

To narrow down the 20 best cities for finding a job in 2017, WalletHub compared the 150 most populous US cities based on 23 metrics (like job opportunities, employment growth, monthly median salary, and safety) across two key dimensions (job market and socioeconomic environment, with a greater emphasis on the former).

To read more about the study’s methodology, check out the full report here.

Continue scrolling to see the top 20 cities:

20. San Jose, California

No. of job opportunities rank (out of 150): 72

Employment growth: 2.19%

Median annual household income: $53,915

While San Jose has some of the least affordable housing, its younger residents have some of the lowest annual transportation costs and highest monthly median starting salaries to make up for it.

19. Overland Park, Kansas

No. of job opportunities rank (out of 150): 25

Employment growth: 0.14%

Median annual household income: $77,006

With a low number of employed residents living below the poverty line and a high number of them having health benefits, Overland Park ranks No. 19 overall.

18. Gilbert, Arizona

No. of job opportunities rank (out of 150): 83

Employment growth: -3.30%

Median annual household income: $55,211

Gilbert ranks highly for safety (No. 1), employee benefits (No. 3), and housing affordability (No.5).

17. Garland, Texas

No. of job opportunities rank (out of 150): 80

Employment growth: 3.52%

Median annual household income: $52,022

Almost half of the persons with disabilities in Garland are employed, earning it the No. 3 spot for “disability friendliness of employers.” The Texas city is also the eighth best in terms of housing affordability and median annual household income.

16. Minneapolis, Minnesota

No. of job opportunities rank (out of 150): 10

Employment growth: 1.08%

Median annual household income: $47,579

Minneapolis will appeal to both the single job-seeker and the job-seeker with family ties, ranking No. 17 for both. The Minnesota city also boasts the eighth-lowest unemployment rate.

15. Fort Wayne, Indiana

No. of job opportunities rank (out of 150): 59

Employment growth: 5.27%

Median annual household income: $50,782

Fort Wayne’s bright spots: housing affordability and employment growth. It ranked No. 1 and No. 3 in those categories, respectively.

14. Fort Lauderdale, Florida

No. of job opportunities rank (out of 150): 12

Employment growth: -1.16%

Median annual household income: $44,464

Despite being in the red in terms of employment growth, this coastal city earns its spot on the list with its access to internships and bright economic outlook, which places it at No. 2 in the latter category.

13. Honolulu, Hawaii

No. of job opportunities rank (out of 150): 65

Employment growth: 0.21%

Median annual household income: $32,647

The capital of Hawaii earns the No. 1 spot for employment outlook, based on the Manpower Group Outlook survey, which asks 11,000 American hiring managers about their hiring plans for the quarter. Most of its employed inhabitants have private health insurance, earning it a No. 5 spot for benefits.

12. Miami, Florida

No. of job opportunities rank (out of 150): 13

Employment growth: 0.37%

Median annual household income: $27,650

What Miami lacks in average earnings it makes up for with access to internships and employment outlook, earning No. 1 and No. 2 spots in these respective categories.

11. Peoria, Illinois

No. of job opportunities rank (out of 150): 92

Employment growth: 3.50%

Median annual income: $63,376

With Peoria’s No. 7 ranking for median annual household income, it’s easy to understand why the Illinois city also sees the seventh-smallest percentage of employed residents who live under the poverty line (4.3%).

10. Raleigh, North Carolina

No. of job opportunities rank (out of 150): 34

Employment growth: 0.92%

Median annual household income: $61,213

Raleigh has the second-best employment outlook and the eleventh-best job security and median annual household income.

9. Tempe, Arizona

No. of job opportunities rank (out of 150): 32

Employment growth: 2.84%

Median annual household income: $51,107

Coming in at No. 7 for workplace accessibility, Tempe offers a number of jobs accessible by a 30-minute transit ride. It’s unsurprising, then, that its dwellers spend on average only eight hours a day working and commuting, earning it a No. 10 spot in the “Working and Commuting Time” category.

8. Salt Lake City, Utah

No. of job opportunities rank (out of 150): 2

Employment growth: 2.89%

Median annual household income: $49,007

Ranking No. 2 for job opportunities and No. 7 for industry variety and low unemployment, Salt Lake City is a great place for today’s job-seekers, according to WalletHub.

7. Chandler, Arizona

No. of job opportunities rank (out of 150): 66

Employment growth: -0.02%

Median annual household income: $75,803

Chandler ranks fifth in the “median annual household income” and has near the lowest number of employed residents living under the poverty line.

6. Rancho Cucamonga, California

No. of job opportunities rank (out of 150): 89

Employment growth: 5.76%

Median annual household income: $57,758

Despite its middling amount of job opportunities, this “sandy place” has the greatest annual job growth and a very low underemployment rate.

5. San Francisco, California

No. of job opportunities rank (out of 150): 19

Employment growth: 2.43%

Median annual household income: $46,085

San Francisco may not offer the most affordable housing or the shortest workday, but it does rank No. 1 for low transportation costs and No. 7 for singles on WalletHub.

4. Sioux Falls, South Dakota

No. of job opportunities rank (out of 150): 27

Employment growth: 1.58%

Median annual household income: $56,143

Sioux Falls has the lowest unemployment rate among all cities analyzed by WalletHub and is the fourth-best place for families, helping it land the No. 4 spot overall.

3. Orlando, Florida

No. of job opportunities rank (out of 150): 1

Employment growth: -1.27%

Median annual household income: $43,094

With plenty of singles, access to internships, and the most job opportunities, Orlando is a great place for young professionals to search for jobs.

2. Plano, Texas

No. of job opportunities rank (out of 150): 29

Employment growth: -0.11%

Median annual household income: $83,128

Plano may be in the red in terms of employment growth, but this Texas town ranks No. 1 for the number of full-time employees compared to part-time, No. 3 for disability-friendliness of employers as well as for housing affordability, and No. 3 for families.

1. Scottsdale, Arizona

No. of job opportunities rank (out of 150): 22

Employment growth: 3.29%

Median annual household income: $76,421

Boasting some of the highest median annual household income numbers and best employee benefits, Scottsdale comes in at No. 1, according to WalletHub. Its access to internships and low transportation costs also helped this Arizona city land the top spot.


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