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Live Where the Jobs Are: Top 10 Cities with Best Job Opportunities

Live Where the Jobs Are: Top 10 Cities with Best Job Opportunities



Achieving a degree will make you a more employable person, but in some areas, that just isn't enough to get you the job you want and deserve. What else is there to consider? Location, location, location. This famous phrase does not apply solely to the real estate world, and is a fitting way to describe the common need to find an area where jobs are available. In order to find the best job opportunities, you may need to relocate. Some of the factors to take into consideration when choosing an area for career purposes are: unemployment rate, job growth and cost of living. You may also want to consider what schools are in the area, especially if you plan to continue your education. Here is a list of the top 10 U.S. cities for business and career opportunities, according to Forbes. Also included are the most up-to-date statistics available from Forbes and the Bureau of Labor Statistics.



1. Des Moines, Iowa: Des Moines is the capital of Iowa, and one of the foremost areas of publishing, finance and insurance. A couple of good schools in the area are Grand View University and Drake University. This city is also a place of importance for politics, especially the presidential kind. With a reasonably low unemployment rate and cost of living, this city is a great destination for career-minded people. Des Moines' stats:

  • Unemployment Rate-4.1%
  • Job Growth 2.2%
  • Cost of Living-8.1% below average.

2. Provo, Utah: Provo is a city heavily based on technology development. This beautiful area has mountain scenery and is growing quickly. Schools located here are Brigham Young University and Provo College. A great job growth rate and low cost of living make this a great choice for relocation. Provo's stats:

  • Unemployment Rate-4.5%
  • Job Growth-5.0%
  • Cost of Living-7.9% below average

3. Raleigh, North Carolina: Raleigh is the capital of North Carolina, and one of the biggest industries here is research, specifically of the high-tech and biotech variety. Many people are migrating to this area, which may be why it is one of the fastest growing cities in the country, according to Forbes. Some of the schools found in this area are North Carolina State and Duke University, although there are many more. Raleigh's stats:

  • Unemployment Rate-7.1%
  • Job Growth-2.9%
  • Cost of Living-4.7% above average

4. Lincoln, Nebraska: Here we have another state capital, which is the second most populated city in Nebraska. The big industries in this city are education, health care, technology and banking. University of Nebraska is here, and is a large producer of jobs. Union college and Nebraska Wesleyan University are also here. With the lowest cost of living of the cities on this list, as well as a very low unemployment rate, Lincoln is a very desirable location for jobs. Lincoln's stats:

  • Unemployment Rate-3.5%
  • Job Growth-2.1%
  • Cost of Living-10.2% below average

5. Nashville, Tennessee: Tennessee's capital Nashville is famous as a major home of the music industry, but it also is a leader in banking, health care and transportation. With so much entertainment available, this city would certainly be a lively home. Tennessee State University and Vanderbilt University are located here. The job growth rate is reasonable, and the cost of living is almost average for the United States. Nashville's stats:

  • Unemployment Rate-6.5%
  • Job Growth-3.9%
  • Cost of Living-1.4% above average

6. Denver, Colorado: Denver is the largest city in Colorado, and the capital of the state, just east of the Rocky Mountains. The proximity of the mountains facilitated the growth of mining and energy companies, which are a large part of the industry here. Because it is nearly in the middle of the country, much storage, distribution and transportation happens here as well. A couple of schools in the area are University of Colorado Denver and Community College of Denver. Denver's stats:

  • Unemployment Rate-6.8%
  • Job Growth-2.6%
  • Cost of Living-5% above average

7. Fort Collins, Colorado: Another Colorado city, Fort Collins is more of a college town, with many large and high-tech companies growing around it. Industry here includes clean energy and agri-tech business. The big school here is Colorado State University, but there are community colleges and the University of Phoenix as well. Business is booming here, and job-seekers would do well to choose this area. Fort Collins' stats:

  • Unemployment Rate-5.5%
  • Job Growth-2.6%
  • Cost of Living-5.9% above average

8. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: The economy is rapidly growing here in the state capital, largely due to oil, natural gas and petroleum, as well as a very popular livestock market. This is the largest city in Oklahoma and is home to many universities, including Oklahoma City University and Oklahoma State University. The below average cost of living and low unemployment rate make this city a great option for jobs. Oklahoma City's stats:

  • Unemployment Rate-4.9%
  • Job Growth-2.3%
  • Cost of Living-3.5% below average

9. Seattle, Washington: Seattle is a famous, beautiful coastal city, and another of the fastest growing cities in the United States. Having a sea port and being largely influenced by Boeing, a major aerospace company, Seattle is a center for a considerable amount of trade. There are a mixture of older, established companies and many new ones developing every day. Both the University of Washington and Seattle University are located here, and are notable schools. Perhaps a drawback here is the relatively high cost of living, which is something anyone looking to move here should consider, but the low unemployment rate is a good sign. Seattle's stats:

  • Unemployment Rate-4.7%
  • Job Growth-2.7%
  • Cost of Living-22.4% above average

10. Durham, North Carolina: Durham, much like Raleigh, is a center for high-tech research, as well as biotech industry, and home to Duke University which generates many jobs. This city is rapidly increasing in size and the average cost of living is an advantage of the area. North Carolina State University has a campus here, as well as Durham Technical Community College. Durham's stats:

  • Unemployment Rate-6.8%
  • Job Growth-2.3%
  • Cost of Living-1.8% below average

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