If you feel stuck in a dead-end job and are ready for a new challenging position, you may want to pack up your bags and consider moving elsewhere in the U.S.
That’s where NerdWallet can step in. The personal finance website has done the homework for you, compiling a list of top 10 cities for job seekers.
NerdWallet looked at a pool of 100 cities, analyzing job availability, unemployment rate, workforce growth, median income for workers, and median monthly homeowner costs.
NerdWallet said you should consider these rules of thumb in your job search:
- Avoid the coastal regions.
- Look at college towns.
- Consider Texas (six of the 20 top cities for job seekers are in the Lone Star State).
Without further ado, these five cities topped NerdWallet’s list of top 10 cities for job seekers.
- Lincoln, Neb. Lincoln has the lowest unemployment rate among metropolitan areas in the country and very affordable housing. Its major employers are BNSF Railway and a handful of medical centers.
- Fort Worth, Texas. Fort Worth is experiencing a ballooning workforce. Big employers include AMR Corp., parent company of American Airlines.
- Columbus, Ohio. Columbus has a low unemployment rate and affordable rent.
- Minneapolis. Several Fortune 500 companies call Minneapolis home, including Target, U.S. Bancorp, Xcel Energy and Ameriprise Financial, NerdWallet said.
- Denver. Denver residents have the third best median income among NerdWallet’s top 10 cities, and can pick from jobs in government, health care and United Airlines.
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