Gone are the days where the only places to find good work were on the coasts. New York City and Los Angeles are passé, as there’s a neither one appears on this list of best cities for job seekers in 2017. If you want to get a good job and live comfortably, move to the big secondary cities, not the mega-cities.
Compiled by NerdWallet, the list looks at cities where people can find jobs and the most bangs for their buck. Aspects figured into the list were based on unemployment rates, workforce growth, median income, and rent costs. The list then takes those factors and places them up against the 100 largest cities in the US.
The Best Cities for Job Seekers
- Austin, TX
- Denver, CO
- Nashville, TN
- Seattle, WA
- Durham, NC
- Atlanta, GA
- Minneapolis, MN
- Lincoln, NE
- Irving, TX
- Raleigh, NC
If you look at the top there, you’ll see that none other than good ole Austin takes the cake. But what makes Austin the number city for job seekers in 2017?
First off, Austin checks off all the desired factors proposed in the study. Second, Austin is home to one of the fastest growing technology sectors in the country. Plus, its Texas, so there’s plenty of space to live in the surrounding Austin areas.
Another factor that played into Austin’s favor (and the other cities) is the large number of young people living there. All of the cities ranked on the list have a higher than average number of 20-somethings living there, according to 2015 census data. Of the 100 cities listed in the study, the average percentage of 20-something residents is 17.2%.
So there you have it, looks like Austin is only going to keep growing come 2017.