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Best Metropolitan Areas to Find Employment

Many of us know where we want to live and work. We know the city or cities- we may even know the neighborhoods. Yet when push comes to shove are those really the best places to find employment? When it comes to finding a job it really is location, location, location.

A Forbes article from the summer reveals the best metropolitan areas to find employment, with factors such as cost of living, diversity of industries and more. The Washington, D.C. metro area topped the list of best places to find employment, followed by Austin, Texas in second, and Ithaca, N.Y in third. The top ten rounds out as follows:

4. Boston, Mass.
5. Portland, Maine
6. Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas
7. Nashville, Tenn.
8. Columbus, Ohio
9. Baltimore, Md.
10. Pittsburgh, Penn.

One of the highlights to note is the presence of college towns and major cities with plenty of universities. A young, highly educated workforce helps steer recruiters and companies to a location knowing there will be talent available.

Some of the country’s largest markets (New York, Los Angeles and Chicago among others) failed to make the cut, with high living expenses, a lack of diversity in job sectors, and high unemployment rates putting them behind the cities listed. In fact, the crux of the findings indicates that medium to medium-large metro areas provide the greatest opportunity for finding employment.

All of the cities listed offer a number of great places to eat, live and experience entertainment. Austin is the epicenter of live music, while Nashville is the undisputed king of all music. D.C. boasts international flair of one of the world’s most integral cities, while Baltimore and Boston offer no shortage of water and history. Foodies will delight in the Portland food scene.

Landing your ideal job in an ideal location may not always be possible, but if you’re willing to expand your search you may discover a new job, and a new hometown— both suited to you.

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Jen Schiller

Jen works as a Marketing Project Manager for a restaurant, a kitchen assistant for cooking classes, helps with database management, does some freelance writing, and more. She received her B.A. from the University of Maryland in Government & Politics in 2011. Currently, she resides in the Washington, D.C. area and is an avid sports fan.