Glassdoor Reveals the 25 Best Cities for Jobs in 2018

Pittsburgh, PA, St. Louis, MO and Indianapolis, IN Take Top Three Spots

MILL VALLEY, CALIF. (October 16, 2018) – With more than a quarter (28.5 percent) of U.S. job applications in metro areas that would likely require people to move, American workers are showing they are willing to move for the right opportunity. But which cities should people consider this year? Today, Glassdoor, one of the world’s largest job and recruiting sites, announced results of its newest jobs report identifying the 25 Best Cities for Jobs in 2018.

This list is compiled by ranking U.S. metros with the highest Glassdoor City Score, determined by weighing three factors equally: 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).(1) As part of this report, we include each metro’s median pay for employees, median home value, job satisfaction rating, number of current job openings and a selection of local in-demand jobs.

Glassdoor’s 25 Best Cities for Jobs in 2018 are:

  1. Pittsburgh, PA
  1. St. Louis, MO
  1. Indianapolis, IN
  1. Cincinnati, OH
  1. Hartford, CT
  1. Boston, MA
  1. Memphis, TN
  1. Raleigh, NC
  1. Cleveland, OH
  1. Detroit, MI
  1. Kansas City, MO
  1. Washington, DC
  1. Birmingham, AL
  1. Chicago, IL
  1. Columbus, OH
  1. Louisville, KY
  1. Baltimore, MD
  1. Philadelphia, PA
  1. Atlanta, GA
  1. Oklahoma City, OK
  1. Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN
  1. San Francisco, CA
  1. Seattle, WA
  1. Richmond, VA
  1. Charlotte, NC

This year, we see four newcomers among the Best Cities for Jobs: Boston (No. 6), Philadelphia (No. 18), Richmond (No. 24) and San Francisco (No. 22). Ohio is the state with the most cities represented among the top 25 (Cleveland, Cincinnati and Columbus), while three other states, Missouri, Pennsylvania and North Carolina, are each represented with two cities on this year’s list. However, several of the country’s hot technology and finance hubs, including New York City, Los Angeles and San Jose, did not crack the top 25, primarily due to the high cost of living. Among the top 25, Chicago (No. 14) is the city with the most job openings with 271,947 open jobs. San Francisco (No. 22) and Washington, DC (No. 12) tie for the strongest job satisfaction rating (3.6).

“In today’s labor market, highly skilled job seekers are in an incredible position to find top jobs no matter where they live. But, the popularity of many major metropolitan hubs might be overshadowing the potential benefits of several midsize cities like Pittsburgh and Indianapolis,” said Glassdoor Economic Research Analyst Amanda Stansell. “While several of the cities highlighted in this report might fly under the radar, many are experiencing booming local economies, complete with a healthy dose of new job prospects and strong home affordability. Plus, employees working in these cities often find themselves quite satisfied in their jobs. In turn, this can benefit local employers as studies show a correlation between high employee satisfaction and better business performance.”

Glassdoor is one of the world’s largest job and recruiting sites, featuring all of the latest jobs online paired with more than 42 million reviews and insights from employees on more than 800,000 companies in 190 countries.(2)Glassdoor welcomes more than 55 million unique users, on average, to its desktop and mobile platforms each month.(3) The top reason people visit Glassdoor is to search and/or apply to jobs.(4)

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Methodology: Glassdoor’s Best Cities for Jobs report identifies U.S. metros with the highest overall Glassdoor City Score, based on a comparison of the 50 most populated U.S. metros. Each region’s Glassdoor City Score, based on a 5-point scale (5.0=best city for a job, 1.0=worst city for a job), is determined by weighing three factors equally: hiring opportunity, cost of living and job satisfaction.

  • Hiring opportunity is determined by the ratio of active job openings to population. (Job openings per metro represent active job listings on Glassdoor as of 8/31/18. Population data is according to the United States Census Bureau[specifically, the U.S. metropolitan statistical area population estimates as of July 1, 2017, from the “Annual Estimates of the Resident Population” database, available in the “Download Center”]).
  • Cost of living is determined by the ratio of median annual base salary to median metro home value. (Median annual base salary per metro based on at least 2,500 salary reports shared by local employees on Glassdoor over the past year [8/16/17-8/15/18], excluding student and intern-level salary reports. Median home value is according to the Zillow Home Value Index for All Homes, as of July 2018.)
  • Job satisfaction ratings per metro are based on at least 1,500 company reviews shared by local employees on Glassdoor over the past year (8/16/17-8/15/18; Ratings based on a 5-point scale: 1.0=very dissatisfied, 3.0=OK, 5.0=very satisfied).

2 Glassdoor Internal Data, June 2018

3 Google Analytics, CQ2’18 average

4 U.S. Site Survey, August 2017

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