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10 Cities Where It's Easy to Get a Job

Posted by Emily Moore

Last Updated November 15, 2018
|3 min read

Between perfecting your resume, drafting a cover letter, submitting your application and going through the interview process, finding a job takes a long time. Add in dozens of other candidates all vying for the same job, and the process will take even longer — and become more difficult.

If you’re tired of going up against tons of job seekers for the same position, consider looking for a job in one of the following cities with the best ratio of open jobs to residents. Competition in these cities isn't as stiff as it is in other metros, so your chances for landing your dream job are high. Ready, set, apply!

1. Boston, MA

Number of Open Jobs: 211,602

Population: 4,836,531

Companies Hiring: PwC, Green Mountain Energy, Gordon Brothers, Getaround, Bank of America & more

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2. San Jose, CA

Number of Open Jobs: 81,928

Population: 1,998,463

Companies Hiring: Cisco Systems, IBM, Marvell Technology, FPI Management, Loring Ward & more

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3. San Francisco, CA

Number of Open Jobs: 193,262

Population: 4,727,357

Companies Hiring: Salesforce, Kaiser Permanente, Samsara, Checkr, BPM & more

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4. Pittsburgh, PA

Number of Open Jobs: 91,849

Population: 2,333,367

Companies Hiring: Expedient, PNC Financial Services Group, Giant Eagle, Allegheny Health Network, Thermo Fisher Scientific & more

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5. Washington, DC

Number of Open Jobs: 239,832

Population: 6,216,589

Companies Hiring: Booz Allen Hamilton, Hilton, MedStar Health, US Department of Veteran Affairs, Appian & more

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6. Raleigh, NC

Number of Open Jobs: 49,003

Population: 1,335,079

Companies Hiring: Duke Energy, Lenovo, North Carolina State University, IQVIA, Red Hat & more

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7. Seattle, WA

Number of Open Jobs: 137,990

Population: 3,867,046

Companies Hiring: Amazon, Boeing, Microsoft, Nordstrom, Starbucks & more

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8. Hartford, CT

Number of Open Jobs: 40,978

Population: 1,210,259

Companies Hiring: The Hartford, Hartford Healthcare, Travelers, Eversource Energy, Infosys & more

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9. Denver, CO

Number of Open Jobs: 97,581

Population: 2,888,227

Companies Hiring: Frontier Airlines, SendGrid, Comcast, Lockheed Martin, DISH Network & more

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10. Baltimore, MD

Number of Open Jobs: 93,092

Population: 2,808,175

Companies Hiring: Under Armour, T. Rowe Price, Johns Hopkins University, Exelon, Morgan Stanley & more

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Methodology: Glassdoor’s Cities With the Least Job Competition identifies U.S. metros with the least competition for a job based on a comparison of the 50 most populated U.S. metros. Competition 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”]). The companies hiring represent a selection of companies with open jobs in each city.

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