25 Best Cities for Jobs


Looking for a new job? Consider moving to one of these 25 cities, which stand out for how easy it is to get a job (hiring opportunity), how affordable it is to live there (cost of living), and how satisfied employees are working there (job satisfaction and work-life balance).

 
  1. 1San Jose, CA
    San Jose, CA
    Job Openings
    Median Base Salary
    Median Home Value
    $965,500
    Work-Life Balance Rating
    3.5
    Job Satisfaction Rating
    3.5
  2. 2San Francisco, CA
    San Francisco, CA
    Job Openings
    Median Base Salary
    Median Home Value
    $806,600
    Work-Life Balance Rating
    3.5
    Job Satisfaction Rating
    3.5
  3. 3Seattle, WA
    Seattle, WA
    Job Openings
    Median Base Salary
    Median Home Value
    $382,700
    Work-Life Balance Rating
    3.3
    Job Satisfaction Rating
    3.4
  4. 4Boston, MA
    Boston, MA
    Job Openings
    Median Base Salary
    Median Home Value
    $387,400
    Work-Life Balance Rating
    3.4
    Job Satisfaction Rating
    3.4
  5. 5Washington, D.C.
    Washington, D.C.
    Job Openings
    Median Base Salary
    Median Home Value
    $364,100
    Work-Life Balance Rating
    3.3
    Job Satisfaction Rating
    3.4
  6. 6Austin, TX
    Austin, TX
    Job Openings
    Median Base Salary
    Median Home Value
    $247,500
    Work-Life Balance Rating
    3.3
    Job Satisfaction Rating
    3.4
  7. 7Salt Lake City, UT
    Salt Lake City, UT
    Job Openings
    Median Base Salary
    Median Home Value
    $234,400
    Work-Life Balance Rating
    3.4
    Job Satisfaction Rating
    3.4
  8. 8Raleigh-Durham, NC
    Raleigh-Durham, NC
    Job Openings
    Median Base Salary
    Median Home Value
    $209,400
    Work-Life Balance Rating
    3.3
    Job Satisfaction Rating
    3.3
    Hot Jobs in Raleigh-Durham, NC
    Registered Nurse, Research Associate, Software Engineer
  9. 9Minneapolis-St.Paul, MN
    Minneapolis-St.Paul, MN
    Job Openings
    Median Base Salary
    Median Home Value
    $219,400
    Work-Life Balance Rating
    3.3
    Job Satisfaction Rating
    3.3
    Hot Jobs in Minneapolis-St.Paul, MN
    Web Designer, Sales Manager, Business Development Manager
  10. 10Oklahoma City, OK
    Oklahoma City, OK
    Job Openings
    Median Base Salary
    Median Home Value
    $132,500
    Work-Life Balance Rating
    3.2
    Job Satisfaction Rating
    3.3
    Hot Jobs in Oklahoma City, OK
    Delivery Driver, Accountant, Account Executive
  11. 11St. Louis, MO
    St. Louis, MO
    Job Openings
    Median Base Salary
    Median Home Value
    $141,900
    Work-Life Balance Rating
    3.2
    Job Satisfaction Rating
    3.3
    Hot Jobs in St. Louis, MO
    Software Developer, Office Manager, Attorney
  12. 12Detroit, MI
    Detroit, MI
    Job Openings
    Median Base Salary
    Median Home Value
    $123,100
    Work-Life Balance Rating
    3.2
    Job Satisfaction Rating
    3.2
    Hot Jobs in Detroit, MI
    Financial Advisor, Teller, Registered Nurse
  13. 13Kansas City, MO
    Kansas City, MO
    Job Openings
    Median Base Salary
    Median Home Value
    $147,500
    Work-Life Balance Rating
    3.2
    Job Satisfaction Rating
    3.2
    Hot Jobs in Kansas City, MO
    Buyer, Business Development Manager, Pharmacist
  14. 14Columbus, OH
    Columbus, OH
    Job Openings
    Median Base Salary
    Median Home Value
    $154,600
    Work-Life Balance Rating
    3.2
    Job Satisfaction Rating
    3.3
  15. 15Cleveland, OH
    Cleveland, OH
    Job Openings
    Median Base Salary
    Median Home Value
    $125,000
    Work-Life Balance Rating
    3.2
    Job Satisfaction Rating
    3.2
  16. 16Indianapolis, IN
    Indianapolis, IN
    Job Openings
    Median Base Salary
    Median Home Value
    $130,200
    Work-Life Balance Rating
    3.1
    Job Satisfaction Rating
    3.2
    Hot Jobs in Indianapolis, IN
    Account Executive, Pharmacist, Retail Store Manager
  17. 17Baltimore, MD
    Baltimore, MD
    Job Openings
    Median Base Salary
    Median Home Value
    $244,800
    Work-Life Balance Rating
    3.2
    Job Satisfaction Rating
    3.3
  18. 18Louisville, KY
    Louisville, KY
    Job Openings
    Median Base Salary
    Median Home Value
    $137,500
    Work-Life Balance Rating
    3.1
    Job Satisfaction Rating
    3.2
  19. 19Pittsburgh, PA
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Job Openings
    Median Base Salary
    Median Home Value
    $126,700
    Work-Life Balance Rating
    3.1
    Job Satisfaction Rating
    3.2
  20. 20San Antonio, TX
    San Antonio, TX
    Job Openings
    Median Base Salary
    Median Home Value
    $150,200
    Work-Life Balance Rating
    3.1
    Job Satisfaction Rating
    3.3
  21. 21San Diego, CA
    San Diego, CA
    Job Openings
    Median Base Salary
    Median Home Value
    $506,100
    Work-Life Balance Rating
    3.3
    Job Satisfaction Rating
    3.4
  22. 22Chicago, IL
    Chicago, IL
    Job Openings
    Median Base Salary
    Median Home Value
    $193,800
    Work-Life Balance Rating
    3.2
    Job Satisfaction Rating
    3.2
  23. 23Cincinnati, OH
    Cincinnati, OH
    Job Openings
    Median Base Salary
    Median Home Value
    $143,400
    Work-Life Balance Rating
    3.1
    Job Satisfaction Rating
    3.2
  24. 24Atlanta, GA
    Atlanta, GA
    Job Openings
    Median Base Salary
    Median Home Value
    $163,000
    Work-Life Balance Rating
    3.1
    Job Satisfaction Rating
    3.3
  25. 25Hartford, CT
    Hartford, CT
    Job Openings
    Median Base Salary
    Median Home Value
    $215,800
    Work-Life Balance Rating
    3.1
    Job Satisfaction Rating
    3.2
Glassdoor’s Best Cities for Jobs report identifies U.S. metros with the highest overall Glassdoor Job Score, based on a comparison of the 50 most populated U.S. metros. Each region’s Glassdoor Job Score, based on a 5-point scale (5.0=best city for a job, 1.0=worst city for a job), is determined by weighting four factors equally: hiring opportunity, cost of living, work-life balance and job satisfaction. Hiring opportunity is the ratio of active job openings to population. Cost of living is the ratio of median base salary to median home value. Report published on 5/18/16. For full methodology, email pr@glassdoor.com