Forbes just compiled and released a list of the cities with the highest rates of job growth based on long, medium and short term factors, meaning that these are almost certainly cities not just seeing a small spike, but cities seeing a trend toward long term job creation. That means, if you’re looking to move out of the house with mom and dad with the potential to stay out, these are your best bets.
1. San Jose-Santa Clara-Sunnyvale, CA
2. San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA
3. Austin-Round Rock- San Marcos, TX
4. Raleigh-Cary, NC
5. Houston-Suger Land-Baytown, TX
6. Nashville-Davidson-Mufreesboro-Franklin, TN
7. New York City, NY
8. Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL
9. Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX
10. Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO
11. Fort Worth-Arlington, TX
12. San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX
13. Salt Lake City, UT
14. Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, NC-SC
15. Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA
Texas is coming in very strong here, with 5 major metropolitan areas of Texas showing very strong numbers. California is represented in the top two spots, unsurprisingly. The East Coast was pretty poorly represented though, except for NYC and the tech sector of North and South Carolina, which house a ton of small and medium biotechnology companies and their support industries.
The big take home seems to be move south to somewhere hot and sunny. Like half of these cities fall under that umbrella, and it looks like moving there isn’t just a good investment for your tanning potential, but your earning potential as well. This advice is tempered with caution for gingers though, because we basically explode in direct sunlight south of Georgia.
The rankings come at a perfect time with everyone graduating next month. Take notes, soon-to-be graduates. These are definitely the places you want to start your search.