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Here Are 2020’s Best Cities For Jobs

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With 2019 in the rearview mirror, it’s time to think about fresh starts. For many people, finding a new or better job will be a top resolution. If that’s your mission for the new year, it’s a good time to be on the job market.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ most recent jobs report, the national unemployment rate is 3.6 percent, just a bit higher than the 50-year low of 3.5% seen in September 2019.

As noted by Wallethub, however, your luck of finding work depends largely on location.

To help you with the job hunt, the publication compared more than 180 U.S. cities across 31 key indicators of job-market strength. They range from job opportunities to employment growth to monthly average starting salary.

Check out their findings in the chart below:

Overall Rank
(1 = Best)
City Total Score ‘Job Market’ Rank ‘Socio-economics’ Rank
1 Scottsdale, AZ 65.50 2 4
2 South Burlington, VT 65.47 1 10
3 San Francisco, CA 63.17 3 30
4 Austin, TX 61.82 6 21
5 Fremont, CA 61.53 4 67
6 Chandler, AZ 60.99 8 13
7 Boston, MA 60.44 5 64
8 Tempe, AZ 60.07 14 11
9 Portland, ME 60.04 10 26
10 Boise, ID 59.29 19 8
11 Overland Park, KS 58.65 21 15
12 Plano, TX 58.59 17 28
13 Pittsburgh, PA 58.54 36 7
14 Pearl City, HI 58.46 7 85
15 San Jose, CA 58.44 9 73
16 Charleston, SC 58.42 18 34
17 Cedar Rapids, IA 58.38 30 9
18 Orlando, FL 58.35 15 47
19 Nashua, NH 58.32 27 16
20 Gilbert, AZ 57.93 16 48
21 Seattle, WA 57.62 37 19
22 Huntington Beach, CA 57.50 24 43
23 Columbia, MD 57.44 52 6
24 Reno, NV 57.36 20 51
25 Salt Lake City, UT 57.22 35 35
26 Atlanta, GA 57.19 34 36
27 Colorado Springs, CO 57.17 29 44
28 Rancho Cucamonga, CA 57.16 23 57
29 San Diego, CA 57.09 39 25
30 Huntsville, AL 56.96 11 112
31 Glendale, AZ 56.69 12 113
32 Irvine, CA 56.57 47 22
33 Irving, TX 56.54 13 115
34 Denver, CO 56.44 41 33
35 Peoria, AZ 56.44 28 69
36 Sacramento, CA 56.17 38 58
37 Virginia Beach, VA 56.17 57 14
38 Lincoln, NE 56.11 61 12
39 Garden Grove, CA 56.08 40 50
40 Madison, WI 56.06 72 3
41 Grand Prairie, TX 55.99 31 82
42 Amarillo, TX 55.96 25 86
43 Tampa, FL 55.95 58 20
44 Minneapolis, MN 55.79 80 2
45 Des Moines, IA 55.77 43 49
46 Wilmington, DE 55.47 26 100
47 Manchester, NH 55.33 48 59
48 Raleigh, NC 55.16 56 42
49 St. Petersburg, FL 54.98 45 66
50 Washington, DC 54.90 62 37
51 Warwick, RI 54.82 65 31
52 Nashville, TN 54.47 32 123
53 Phoenix, AZ 54.32 49 76
54 Honolulu, HI 54.30 78 27
55 Mesa, AZ 54.19 44 94
56 Burlington, VT 54.19 124 1
57 West Valley City, UT 54.15 64 52
58 Portland, OR 54.14 82 24
59 Grand Rapids, MI 54.10 74 39
60 Las Vegas, NV 54.01 81 31
61 Aurora, CO 53.80 33 144
62 Durham, NC 53.58 46 102
63 Chesapeake, VA 53.57 77 54
64 Oakland, CA 53.52 22 165
65 St. Paul, MN 53.32 106 23
66 Bismarck, ND 53.21 131 5
67 Omaha, NE 53.16 112 17
68 San Antonio, TX 53.11 68 79
69 Richmond, VA 52.99 66 90
70 Sioux Falls, SD 52.85 108 38
71 Henderson, NV 52.81 94 46
72 Columbus, OH 52.75 107 40
73 Santa Rosa, CA 52.57 60 104
74 Oceanside, CA 52.45 51 147
75 Jacksonville, FL 52.28 73 93
75 Anaheim, CA 52.28 67 99
77 Billings, MT 52.21 102 61
78 Chula Vista, CA 52.12 53 143
79 Casper, WY 52.09 109 56
80 Worcester, MA 52.07 85 84
81 Ontario, CA 52.06 55 151
82 Tacoma, WA 52.03 83 91
83 Rapid City, SD 51.97 119 41
84 Chattanooga, TN 51.97 42 171
85 Yonkers, NY 51.97 98 65
86 Pembroke Pines, FL 51.90 79 98
87 Juneau, AK 51.85 90 77
88 Arlington, TX 51.83 59 140
89 Santa Ana, CA 51.68 69 122
90 Fort Lauderdale, FL 51.67 75 118
91 Fort Worth, TX 51.47 89 92
92 Wichita, KS 51.45 50 162
93 Glendale, CA 51.41 96 87
94 Vancouver, WA 51.36 86 106
95 Garland, TX 51.31 63 148
96 Newport News, VA 51.22 76 136
97 Tucson, AZ 51.18 110 81
98 Fontana, CA 51.15 87 107
99 Cheyenne, WY 51.15 135 29
100 Tallahassee, FL 51.12 113 74
101 Spokane, WA 51.08 91 101
102 Houston, TX 51.00 84 120
103 Aurora, IL 50.83 120 71
104 Charlotte, NC 50.78 105 97
105 Tulsa, OK 50.78 71 152
106 Oklahoma City, OK 50.76 114 83
107 Cincinnati, OH 50.70 134 45
108 Nampa, ID 50.68 99 116
109 Riverside, CA 50.59 88 128
110 Fargo, ND 50.40 149 18
111 Dallas, TX 50.36 93 125
112 Little Rock, AR 50.36 70 169
113 Port St. Lucie, FL 50.32 104 121
114 Birmingham, AL 50.31 54 175
115 Cape Coral, FL 50.18 117 103
116 Lewiston, ME 50.16 123 88
117 Greensboro, NC 50.00 116 109
118 Louisville, KY 49.95 115 108
119 Columbia, SC 49.95 121 95
120 Baton Rouge, LA 49.94 92 149
121 St. Louis, MO 49.91 118 105
122 Dover, DE 49.85 95 137
123 Corpus Christi, TX 49.80 103 126
124 Kansas City, MO 49.75 111 124
125 Miami, FL 49.68 97 145
126 Fort Wayne, IN 49.50 100 138
127 Los Angeles, CA 49.49 132 89
128 Salem, OR 49.49 139 68
129 Santa Clarita, CA 49.49 138 70
130 Knoxville, TN 49.23 129 111
131 Long Beach, CA 48.83 130 117
132 Mobile, AL 48.78 101 170
133 Lubbock, TX 48.51 125 134
134 Norfolk, VA 48.48 127 141
135 Albuquerque, NM 48.45 136 110
136 Jersey City, NJ 48.32 161 53
137 North Las Vegas, NV 48.29 133 129
138 El Paso, TX 48.05 153 72
139 Charleston, WV 48.03 137 131
140 Lexington-Fayette, KY 48.00 162 62
141 Winston-Salem, NC 47.99 126 166
142 Chicago, IL 47.91 164 60
143 New York, NY 47.90 154 75
144 Montgomery, AL 47.81 122 161
145 Moreno Valley, CA 47.77 128 160
146 Modesto, CA 47.53 141 133
147 Milwaukee, WI 47.37 146 114
148 Providence, RI 47.02 165 78
149 Missoula, MT 47.01 172 55
150 Bakersfield, CA 46.85 147 130
151 Philadelphia, PA 46.62 151 127
152 Buffalo, NY 46.53 168 80
153 Columbus, GA 46.26 143 163
154 Rochester, NY 46.16 174 63
155 Fort Smith, AR 46.03 144 167
156 Oxnard, CA 45.98 160 132
157 Springfield, MO 45.92 152 153
158 New Orleans, LA 45.88 157 142
159 Augusta, GA 45.72 148 173
160 Baltimore, MD 45.71 145 168
161 Las Cruces, NM 45.70 167 119
162 New Haven, CT 45.49 169 96
163 Akron, OH 45.37 166 139
164 Memphis, TN 45.20 140 180
165 Fresno, CA 45.17 155 159
166 Indianapolis, IN 44.82 159 164
167 Laredo, TX 44.67 163 157
168 Bridgeport, CT 44.61 171 135
169 San Bernardino, CA 44.15 150 176
170 Jackson, MS 44.07 156 177
171 Hialeah, FL 44.06 142 181
172 Shreveport, LA 43.90 158 178
173 Cleveland, OH 43.56 173 158
174 Anchorage, AK 42.92 177 150
175 Gulfport, MS 42.73 170 174
176 Toledo, OH 42.35 176 172
177 Huntington, WV 41.94 178 154
178 Brownsville, TX 41.33 179 156
179 Stockton, CA 41.27 175 179
180 Newark, NJ 40.43 182 146
181 Fayetteville, NC 40.19 181 155
182 Detroit, MI 38.40 180 182

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