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4 Best Cities In The U.S. To Focus Your Job Search

4 Best Cities In The U.S. To Focus Your Job Search

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Whether you’re ready to make a move for personal reasons, or you’re simply on the lookout for a new opportunity, moving for a job can be overwhelming, to say the least. It can be particularly difficult if you haven’t definitively decided on a region to focus on. The job market in America has been steadily improving, but some areas show more signs of improvement than others.

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Here are a few cities in America that show positive signs of growth, and would be great places to focus a job search.

1. Austin

There are many benefits for job seekers in Austin. For one, its unemployment rate is relatively low at five and a half percent, below the national average of around 6%. The median household income for the city is around $50,000, which is much higher than the rest of Texas and the country as a whole. Furthermore, the Austin real estate industry is on the rise.

The climate in the Lone Star State is hard to beat, too. Shoveling snow in south central Texas is virtually unheard of. Most importantly, Forbes reports that the city’s job market is projected to grow by 4% annually through 2015. There’s a diverse range of employers in the metropolitan area, in major sectors that include technology, health care, business, education, government, and entertainment. No matter where your talents lie, you’ll find a home for them in Austin.

2. Kansas City

What’s not to love about Kansas City? The charming midwestern city has a lot to offer job seekers beyond the best barbecued ribs ever. The city’s job market has grown modestly but consistently over the last few years, making for a stable local economy. With the city straddling the line between two states, it’s important to look at information from both before making any decisions. That being said, both Kansas and Missouri added nearly 5,000 jobs in 2013, amounting to a .4% and .2% increase respectively.

It’s a fairly young, financially thriving city, with the median age around 36 years old, and the median income around $44,000. Staffing KC operates in the area, offering job seekers an excellent resource for their search.

3. Washington, D.C.

The nation’s capital is a beautiful place to put down roots. In addition to its historic architecture and political excitement, the job market has drawn more and more people out of the suburbs and back into city life. Both the private and public sectors are thriving in Washington. Though the cost of living is higher than many places in the country, the median salary of $45,000 makes it more affordable than you might think.

But your job isn’t the only reason you should choose to move someplace. You should also look at the recreation opportunities and other features the city offers. Washington has no shortage of those. If you could see yourself living along the East Coast, don’t overlook our nation’s capital as your potential next home.

4. San Francisco

Lots of exciting things come out of San Francisco. It’s an expensive place to live, but, like Washington, this factor is offset by an elevated median salary of nearly $47,000. The San Francisco Bay area has experienced several years of unemployment decreases and, and has recovered nearly all the jobs that were lost during the massive recession. Not only is the job market in the area improving, the opportunities for travel and exploration are virtually endless along the country’s Golden Coast. As you’re deciding where to focus your job search, consider heading west — you might be surprised what you’ll find.

As the country continues to dust itself off after the recession of the last decade, there are so many possibilities for those who are open to relocating for their job. If you’re in the market for a new career, don’t let your current location hinder your search. Get in touch with your adventurous spirit, and look at what the rest of the country has to offer you and your talents. Any one of the cities on this list can surely guide you toward your goals and aspirations.

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JT Ripton JT Ripton is a freelance writer, business consultant and loves helping people find their perfect careers. JT writes on a myriad of topics to inform and intrigue, you can follow him on twitter @JTRipton.