The 25 Best Cities for Job Seekers Right Now

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By Jacquelyn Smith

If you've been unsuccessful in your job search, it might be time to start looking in other parts of the country.

But before you pack up and go, you'll want to consider which cities have the best career opportunities, the happiest workers, and the lowest cost of living.

To help, online careers community Glassdoor just released its latest report on the 25 best cities for jobs right now.

These metro areas stand out for having the highest Glassdoor "Job Score," which was determined by weighting 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), on a five-point scale.

Click here for the full methodology.1. Raleigh, NC – Glassdoor Job Score: 4.1
Number of Job Openings: 24,146
Population: 1,242,974
Median Base Salary: $50,950
Median Home Value: $198,400
Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.3

2. Kansas City, MO – Glassdoor Job Score: 3.9
Number of Job Openings: 28,786
Population: 2,071,133
Median Base Salary: $46,000
Median Home Value: $138,500
Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.2

3. Oklahoma City, OK – Glassdoor Job Score: 3.9
Number of Job Openings: 16,759
Population: 1,336,767
Median Base Salary: $38,100
Median Home Value: $129,400
Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.3

4. Austin, TX – Glassdoor Job Score: 3.9
Number of Job Openings: 33,198
Population: 1,943,299
Median Base Salary: $50,000
Median Home Value: $226,400
Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.3

5. Seattle, WA – Glassdoor Job Score: 3.9
Number of Job Openings: 69,423
Population: 3,671,478
Median Base Salary: $70,000
Median Home Value: $344,700
Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.3

6. Salt Lake City, UT – Glassdoor Job Score: 3.8
Number of Job Openings: 17,970
Population: 1,153,340
Median Base Salary: $44,000
Median Home Value: $224,000
Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.4

7. San Jose, CA – Glassdoor Job Score: 3.7
Number of Job Openings: 51,439
Population: 1,952,872
Median Base Salary: $99,000
Median Home Value: $863,800
Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.5

8. Louisville, KY – Glassdoor Job Score: 3.7
Number of Job Openings: 16,295
Population: 1,269,702
Median Base Salary: $40,000
Median Home Value: $131,100
Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.2

9. San Antonio, TX – Glassdoor Job Score: 3.7
Number of Job Openings: 29,980
Population: 2,328,652
Median Base Salary: $40,000
Median Home Value: $147,600
Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.3

10. Washington, D.C. – Glassdoor Job Score: 3.7
Number of Job Openings: 116,770
Population: 6,033,737
Median Base Salary: $61,000
Median Home Value: $361,200
Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.4

11. St. Louis, MO – Glassdoor Job Score: 3.7
Number of Job Openings: 31,365
Population: 2,806,207
Median Base Salary: $45,000
Median Home Value: $133,200
Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.3

12. San Francisco, CA – Glassdoor Job Score: 3.7
Number of Job Openings: 94,933
Population: 4,594,060
Median Base Salary: $70,000
Median Home Value: $728,000
Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.5

13. Columbus, OH – Glassdoor Job Score: 3.6
Number of Job Openings: 25,242
Population: 1,994,536
Median Base Salary: $43,000
Median Home Value: $146,700
Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.2

14. Dallas-Fort Worth, TX – Glassdoor Job Score: 3.6
Number of Job Openings: 102,311
Population: 6,954,330
Median Base Salary: $50,000
Median Home Value: $157,900
Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.2

15. Boston, MA – Glassdoor Job Score: 3.6
Number of Job Openings: 86,565
Population: 4,732,161
Median Base Salary: $56,000
Median Home Value: $367,600
Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.4

16. Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN – Glassdoor Job Score: 3.6
Number of Job Openings: 48,231
Population: 3,495,176
Median Base Salary: $52,000
Median Home Value: $210,300
Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.2

17. Atlanta, GA – Glassdoor Job Score: 3.5
Number of Job Openings: 69,642
Population: 5,614,323
Median Base Salary: $49,180
Median Home Value: $155,200
Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.2

18. Memphis, TN – Glassdoor Job Score: 3.4
Number of Job Openings: 14,776
Population: 1,343,230
Median Base Salary: $42,000
Median Home Value: $107,000
Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.2

19. Indianapolis, IN – Glassdoor Job Score: 3.3
Number of Job Openings: 23,863
Population: 1,971,274
Median Base Salary: $44,000
Median Home Value: $130,100
Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.2

20. Chicago, IL – Glassdoor Job Score: 3.3
Number of Job Openings: 124,633
Population: 9,554,598
Median Base Salary: $50,000
Median Home Value: $186,900
Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.2

21. Houston, TX – Glassdoor Job Score: 3.3
Number of Job Openings: 74,442
Population: 6,490,180
Median Base Salary: $52,000
Median Home Value: $157,900
Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.2

22. Baltimore, MD – Glassdoor Job Score: 3.3
Number of Job Openings: 45,558
Population: 2,785,874
Median Base Salary: $46,000
Median Home Value: $244,100
Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.2

23. Richmond, VA – Glassdoor Job Score: 3.2
Number of Job Openings: 17,933
Population: 1,260,029
Median Base Salary: $45,000
Median Home Value: $186,300
Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.2

24. Pittsburgh, PA – Glassdoor Job Score: 3.1
Number of Job Openings: 29,456
Population: 2,355,968
Median Base Salary: $43,000
Median Home Value: $124,500
Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.1

25. Nashville, TN – Glassdoor Job Score: 3.1
Number of Job Openings: 27,850
Population: 1,792,649
Median Base Salary: $41,600
Median Home Value: $176,700
Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.2
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