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Best Cities to Find a Job

Where the Jobs Are: Money Magazine's 6 Best Cities

Some people are motivated to move for weather-related reasons, others just need a change, and increasingly more people are enticed at the possibility of employment. Money Magazine took away some of the burden to narrow things down by coming up with the six best cities (with populations of at least 200,000) for finding work along with each city's major industries.

  1. Boulder, CO: High tech, biotech, education
  2. Madison, WI: Government, education, biotech
  3. Washington DC: Government, defense, nonprofit
  4. Salt Lake City, UT: Education, tourism, transportation
  5. Lafayette, LA: Oil and gas
  6. Huntsville, AL: Defense, aerospace, telecom

Interestingly, none of the cities on this list line up with the places named on Forbes' list for the best places for businesses and careers, and only Salt Lake City meshes with BusinessWeek's list of the most affordable cities for renters.


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aimeeb aimeeb 6 years
Good to know. ;)
Spectra Spectra 6 years
snarkypants--yeah, I hear ya. I used to live in Madison and I had a job in the pharm industry, which was booming at the time. Try living in Oshkosh, where there are NO jobs unless you're an engineer or a nurse.
snarkypants snarkypants 6 years
live in madison. don't work in government, biotech, or education. finding a job is virtually impossible.
SDTransplant SDTransplant 6 years
I've spent summers in two of the cities on the list (Madison and Washington, DC) and they are both excellent places to live and work.
Special-K Special-K 6 years
I was excited my city made #2 on the Forbes list for Mid-sized cities. That's always promising!
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