Austin Makes it to List of Top 10 U.S. Cities for Jobs

Since tech jobs are some of the most in-demand jobs today, it doesn't come as a surprise that San Jose, California, lands the top spot in the list-- thanks to large high-profile companies like Facebook, Google, and PayPal which are based in the area. San Francisco comes in at a close second thanks to its fair share of tech companies. Glassdoor community expert Allison Berry explains that both cities landed the top spots due to the high scrores they got out of the three factors used as metrics in the study, which are: hiring opportunity, job satisfaction, and work-life balance. The scoring method, however, disregards the fact that living in a high-profile metro may entail a high cost of living.

"Many of the nation’s mid-sized cities stand out for offering some of the greatest job prospects combined with salaries that allow people to stretch their dollar further."

--Dr. Andrew Chamberlain, Glassdoor chief economist

Glassdoor chief economist, Dr. Andrew Chamberlain, explains that for job seekers, bigger [cities] isn't always better. He says that mid-sized cities often provide the greatest job prospects because they allow people to have more purchasing power with a lower cost of living, as compared to living in a large metropolitan city. Examples of these mid-sized cities that made it to the list are Detroit, Cleveland, and Cincinatti. Seattle and Austin are an exception to this mid-sized city model, however, because they both have "rising technology communities, great institutions for higher education and research, and affordable neighborhoods." 

To learn about the mechanics of choosing the best cities for jobs from 50 of the most populated U.S. metros, and the other cities that made it to the extended Top 25 List, you may access the original article published by Fast Company here.

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