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25 Best US Cities for Job Seekers

25 Best US Cities for Job Seekers
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San Jose and San Francisco, California, are this year's best cities for job seekers, according to new data from the online jobs and recruiting marketplace Glassdoor.

The rankings, which examined the 50 most populated areas in the United States, were determined by weighting four factors equally: hiring opportunity, cost of living, work-life balance and job satisfaction.

Both San Jose, which ranked as the seventh-best city for jobs a year ago, and San Francisco had a large number of job openings and high job-satisfaction scores.

"This demonstrates why so many people are looking to move to the San Francisco Bay Area: Job satisfaction, work-life balance and hiring opportunity are unparalleled compared to anywhere else in the country," Andrew Chamberlain, Glassdoor's chief economist, said in a statement.

This year, several midsize cities ranked in the top 25 for the first time, including Cleveland; Cincinnati; and Hartford, Connecticut. [See Related Story: 10 Happiest (and Unhappiest) Cities for Workers]

"It's also important to recognize that for anyone considering a new job in a new city, bigger doesn't necessarily mean better," Chamberlain said. "Many of the nation's midsize cities stand out for offering some of the greatest job prospects, combined with salaries that allow people to stretch their dollar further."

Here are this year's 25 best cities for jobs:

1. San Jose, California

  • Number of job openings: 61,038
  • Median base salary: $112,000
  • Median home value: $956,500
  • Job satisfaction rating: 3.5
  • Work-life-balance rating: 3.5

2. San Francisco, California

  • Number of job openings: 121,597
  • Median base salary: $88,000
  • Median home value: $806,600
  • Job satisfaction rating: 3.5
  • Work-life-balance rating: 3.5

3. Seattle, Washington

  • Number of job openings: 103,124
  • Median base salary: $85,000
  • Median home value: $382,700
  • Job satisfaction rating: 3.4
  • Work-life-balance rating: 3.3

4. Boston, Massachusetts

  • Number of job openings: 121,498
  • Median base salary: $67,500
  • Median home value: $387,400
  • Job satisfaction rating: 3.4
  • Work-life-balance rating: 3.4

5. Washington, D.C.

  • Number of job openings: 163,520
  • Median base salary: $70,000
  • Median home value: $364,100
  • Job satisfaction rating: 3.4
  • Work-life-balance rating: 3.3

6. Austin, Texas

  • Number of job openings: 45,186
  • Median base salary: $61,000
  • Median home value: $247,500
  • Job satisfaction rating: 3.4
  • Work-life-balance rating: 3.3

7. Salt Lake City, Utah

  • Number of job openings: 23,013
  • Median base salary: $58,700
  • Median home value: $234,400
  • Job satisfaction rating: 3.4
  • Work-life-balance rating: 3.4

8. Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina

  • Number of job openings: 34,660
  • Median base salary: $62,000
  • Median home value: $209,400
  • Job satisfaction rating: 3.3
  • Work-life-balance rating: 3.3

9. Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota

  • Number of job openings: 65,141
  • Median base salary: $65,000
  • Median home value: $219,400
  • Job satisfaction rating: 3.3
  • Work-life-balance rating: 3.3

10. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

  • Number of job openings: 20,576
  • Median base salary: $50,000
  • Median home value: $132,500
  • Job satisfaction rating: 3.3
  • Work-life-balance rating: 3.2

11. St. Louis, Missouri

  • Number of job openings: 49,450
  • Median base salary: $56,896
  • Median home value: $141,900
  • Job satisfaction rating: 3.3
  • Work-life-balance rating: 3.2

12. Detroit, Michigan

  • Number of job openings: 59,494
  • Median base salary: $61,500
  • Median home value: $123,100
  • Job satisfaction rating: 3.2
  • Work-life-balance rating: 3.2

13. Kansas City, Missouri

  • Number of job openings: 43,182
  • Median base salary: $58,000
  • Median home value: $147,500
  • Job satisfaction rating: 3.2
  • Work-life-balance rating: 3.2

14. Columbus, Ohio

  • Number of job openings: 36,873
  • Median base salary: $57,000
  • Median home value: $154,600
  • Job satisfaction rating: 3.3
  • Work-life-balance rating: 3.2

15. Cleveland, Ohio

  • Number of job openings: 35,130
  • Median base salary: $55,000
  • Median home value: $125,500
  • Job satisfaction rating: 3.2
  • Work-life-balance rating: 3.2

16. Indianapolis, Indiana

  • Number of job openings: 38,934
  • Median base salary: $56,000
  • Median home value: $130,200
  • Job satisfaction rating: 3.2
  • Work-life-balance rating: 3.1

17. Baltimore, Maryland

  • Number of job openings: 67,209
  • Median base salary: $58,000
  • Median home value: $244,800
  • Job satisfaction rating: 3.3
  • Work-life-balance rating: 3.2

18. Louisville, Kentucky

  • Number of job openings: 26,311
  • Median base salary: $54,000
  • Median home value: $137,500
  • Job satisfaction rating: 3.2
  • Work-life-balance rating: 3.1

19. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Number of job openings: 50,127
  • Median base salary: $56,896
  • Median home value: $126,700
  • Job satisfaction rating: 3.2
  • Work-life-balance rating: 3.1

20. San Antonio, Texas

  • Number of job openings: 34,895
  • Median base salary: $55,000
  • Median home value: $150,200
  • Job satisfaction rating: 3.3
  • Work-life-balance rating: 3.1

21. San Diego, California

  • Number of job openings: 45,424
  • Median base salary: $71,323
  • Median home value: $506,100
  • Job satisfaction rating: 3.4
  • Work-life-balance rating: 3.3

22. Chicago, Illinois

  • Number of job openings: 170,192
  • Median base salary: $63,000
  • Median home value: $193,800
  • Job satisfaction rating: 3.2
  • Work-life-balance rating: 3.2

23. Cincinnati, Ohio

  • Number of job openings: 36,624
  • Median base salary: $57,179
  • Median home value: $143,400
  • Job satisfaction rating: 3.2
  • Work-life-balance rating: 3.1

24. Atlanta, Georgia

  • Number of job openings: 94,925
  • Median base salary: $60,000
  • Median home value: $163,000
  • Job satisfaction rating: 3.3
  • Work-life-balance rating: 3.1

25. Hartford, Connecticut

  • Number of job openings: 24,590
  • Median base salary: $68,000
  • Median home value: $215,800
  • Job satisfaction rating: 3.2
  • Work-life-balance rating: 3.1

Seven cities ranked in the top 10 for the second consecutive year, including San Jose; Seattle; Washington, D.C.; Austin; Salt Lake City; Raleigh-Durham; and Oklahoma City.

"It's not a surprise to see cities like Seattle and Austin at the top, since they all have rising technology communities, great institutions for higher education and research, as well as affordable neighborhoods," Chamberlain said.

For the study, hiring opportunity was determined by the ratio of active job openings to population, while employee reviews on Glassdoor were used to determine job satisfaction and work-life-balance ratings.

Chad  Brooks
Chad Brooks

Chad Brooks is a Chicago-based freelance writer who has nearly 15 years experience in the media business. A graduate of Indiana University, he spent nearly a decade as a staff reporter for the Daily Herald in suburban Chicago, covering a wide array of topics including, local and state government, crime, the legal system and education. Following his years at the newspaper Chad worked in public relations, helping promote small businesses throughout the U.S. Follow him on Twitter.