1. Seattle, WA
A city perhaps known better for its annual rainfall levels than for its job opportunities, Seattle is a metropolis on the rise. Research by Sperling’s puts its ten-year job growth projection at a whopping 41.3%. Careers in STEAM–science, technology, engineering, arts and math–are ballooning, posting 7.6% growth over the past two years (easily beating out Silicon Valley, by the way). As far as living goes, Seattle offers your choice of unique neighborhoods, from high-rise downtown condos to the family-friendly, park-lined streets of Beacon Hill. Another good sign–people are moving there in droves. According to the most recent census, Seattle is the fastest-growing big city in the entire country.
2. Austin, TX
There’s a reason young, single, career-minded people are flocking to Austin in record numbers. The city dedicated to “staying weird” has made Forbes’ list of best places for job growth for three years running. Its median household income is a healthy $59,000, with an unemployment rate sitting right around 4%. If you’re a computer whiz, Austin will get your wires buzzing; it’s home to the headquarters of Dell and is a major hub for Apple. And don’t forget about the arts. Austin plays annual host to the massive SXSW (South by Southwest), a festival for all things film, music and interactive innovation.
3. West Palm Beach, FL
Ever been to West Palm Beach, Florida? Neither have we, but hearing its stats makes us want to check it out. Situated about an hour north of the Fort Lauderdale metro area, this sunny cceanside city is a booming hub for construction, tourism and logistics. The greater West Palm Beach area is home to 58 financial institutions, 32 hospitals and some 16,000 hotel rooms, and you can’t beat an average 234 sunny days per year. If you’re looking to pick up some extra side income, seasonal part-time jobs are plentiful here, with a busy tourist season running from December to April.
4. San Francisco, CA
A tech boom fueled by social media jobs caused San Francisco’s employment rate to swell by 3.6% in 2014. Information technology is where it’s at, with Forbes reporting 52,300 jobs in that sector and more than 42,000 high wage jobs added since the end of the great recession. Heath coverage provider Kaiser Permanente continuously tops the charts as the Bay Area’s largest employer, with the University of California and Safeway, Inc. also taking spots in the top five.
5. Greeley, CO
Don’t mind a little snow? The mountain city of Greeley may be a great bet. Home to some 268,000 people, Greeley is conveniently situatied about 50 miles north of Denver. It’s the site of a newly-booming job market, with five-year job growth of 12.2%. Positions in education and healthcare lead the way, as the University of Northern Colorado, the Academy of Natural Therapy and the Institute of Business and Medical Careers have all made the area home. If you’re into the great outdoors, it doesn’t get much better than this. Some of the most beautiful hiking in the world is in Greeley’s backyard, and incredible skiing at Echo Mountain is a short two-hour drive away. To sweeten the deal, the cost of living here is a hefty 8% below the national average.
6. Raleigh, NC
This past year, the NC capital swept all the major industry lists for best places to work and do business. The economic darling is known as a hub for research and development, with costs of doing business a sheer 18% lower than the national average for cities. Raleigh is a place where higher education is valued; 42% of the adult population has a college degree–one of the highest rates in the country. And bonus points if you’re a basketball fan: the city is home to the famous UNC Chapel Hill Tar Heels.
7. Omaha, NE
If you think Nebraska is best known for its delicious ears of corn, think again (although they do have delicious ears of corn). The state’s largest city, Omaha, has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the nation, about 3.8%. It’s a finance hotspot. The area’s leading employers are in the fields of banking and insurance, with a good number of telecommunications jobs to boot. With a low cost of living and a diverse economy, Omaha is positioned for continued job growth for years to come.
8. Gilbert, AZ
They say if you can’t take the heat, get out of the kitchen. If you can take the heat and you’re looking for work, Gilbert, Arizona may be just the place for you. A quickly-growing community just outside the Phoenix city limits, Gilbert was ranked by WalletHub as the number 3 best place to get a job in 2015. Its strong economy, higher-than-average socioeconomic status and low cost of housing contributed to its lofty rank. The town offers a best-of-both-worlds scenario: small-town feel with numerous parks and single-family neighborhoods, with a short 30-minute commute into downtown Phoenix for those who prefer big-city proximity.
9. Oklahoma City, OK
For the unemployed, the Sooner state is one of the most promising locales in the nation. Oklahoma City has an average of one job opening for every two unemployed people, with a major focus on careers in health, energy and industry. It’s home to two Fortune 500 companies, Chesapeake Energy Corporation and Devon Energy Corporation, and has a major corporate presence from Coca Cola, UPS, Sonic Drive-ins and Boeing. OKC was recently ranked by Kiplinger’s as the number 1 city in which to start a business. And one more interesting note to point out–in 2008, as the rest of the nation’s economy crumbled, Oklahoma City saw falling unemployment, steady job growth and one of the nation’s strongest housing markets.
10. Indianapolis, IN
Indiana has a lot of farmland, sure. But its capital, Indianapolis, has seen a recent explosion of entrepreneurial growth, with nearly 130 small businesses for every 10,000 people (much higher than average). The shop- and restaurant-lined streets of Downtown Indy are consistently ranked among the best downtown districts in the nation. Costs of living for Indianapolis residents are low–3.8% lower than the national average–and employers like hhgregg and Finish Line call the city home. Its central Midwest location makes Indy a logistical dream, with major distribution and fulfillment hubs for FedEx, Amazon and Target located there.
Source: Business Advice Source