If you’ve been thinking about a change of scenery, you’ll want to know where you have the best shot of finding a good job. While some of the following cities have high rents, living in a suburb is often a cheaper option. All of these locations have rising employment rates and reasonable median income levels. Keep reading to see if any of these cities inspires you to make a move:
1. Plano, Texas
Just 20 miles north of Dallas, Plano is the best city in the U.S. for job seekers thanks to its growing economy and affordable housing. According to The Dallas Morning News, Plano is home to several large corporations, including J.C. Penney, Frito-Lay, Pizza Hut, Legacy West and Toyota. The city has a population of roughly a quarter million and, because of its prime location within the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area, there are ample housing opportunities. Best Places reported that the average rent for a two-bedroom apartment in Plano is $913 and over half of all single-family houses are under $300,000.
Standards of living are high in the metropolitan area, and there are many attractions that will appeal to both millennials in entry-level positions and those who are further along in their professional careers. Business Insider reported that the median level of income is about $83,000.
The rise of Texas: Economic growth isn’t just limited to Plano. In fact, 6 cities in Texas made it onto Wallet Hub’s top 25 best cities for job seekers. They are, in order:
2. Madison, Wisconsin
If you’re looking for somewhere north of the Mason-Dixon Line, Madison, Wisconsin is another great city for job seekers. Commuting is relatively easy there, and employment rates have experienced a 3.18 percent growth, according to Business Insider. Top industries in the metropolitan area include health care, food processing, manufacturing and information technology, reported Madison Region Economic Partnership. A two-bedroom apartment costs $914 on average and over a quarter of single-family homes are valued between $150,000 and $199,999, according to Best Places. The median income is $50,000.
Madison’s location makes it attractive because of its close proximity to other cities. Milwaukee is just under one and a half hours away, Chicago is three hours away and Minneapolis is four. Those who like to get out into nature on the weekends will find lots of camping, hiking and boating opportunities in the surrounding areas.
3. San Jose, California
When it comes to job hunting, the Bay Area city of San Jose is a bit of a double edged sword. It has the greatest number of job openings in the country, but its cost of living is equally high. According to Glassdoor, San Jose has over 61,000 job openings and the median base salary is $112,000. Those high salaries are necessary, because the average two-bedroom apartment costs $1,680 a month and the majority of single-family homes are valued above $500,000, according to Best Places.
It should come as no surprise that the top employers in the area are in the technology industry, though health care also has a solid footing. Major companies include NASA, Intel, Apple, Google, Cisco, Adobe and Kaiser Permanente, according to Indeed. If you’re thinking about making the move to the Bay Area, it’s best to have a job lined up before you go, otherwise the cost of living could set you back quite a bit.
Finding a job is one of the most important tasks in life, which is why you need to consider your opportunities carefully. Moving to another city can be nerve wracking, but if you do your research ahead of time, you’ll be able to find somewhere that meets all your needs in terms of housing, commute, employment and entertainment.
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