The nation’s hottest job markets are in this state

A job that offers good pay, work-life balance or other sought-after perks can be hard to find. But your odds of landing one are a lot better in some cities than others.

Consider starting your next job search in California. The job-search site Indeed recently ranked several of the Golden State’s cities among the best metropolitan areas for job seekers.

For its 2018 Best Cities for Job Seekers report, the job site evaluated the 50 metro areas with the most job postings on Indeed and ranked these metros based on four questions:

  • How favorable is the local labor market to the job seeker?
  • What’s the average salary, adjusted for cost of living?
  • How high do employers score for work-life balance in Indeed’s review database?
  • How high do employers score for job security and advancement opportunities in Indeed’s review database?

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Best and worst states for retirement 2018
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Best and worst states for retirement 2018
1. Florida – You knew it had to be high on the list, didn't you? In terms of affordability, Florida topped the list while it placed fifth in terms of quality of life, overcoming its 20th-ranked healthcare rating.

2. Colorado – Ranked second in healthcare while quality of life came in 8th place, Colorado is constrained by its 23rd-place ranking in affordability.

3. South Dakota – The home of Mount Rushmore is the second most affordable state and ranked sixth when it came to healthcare, but can't break the top half in quality of life (ranked 32nd).
4. Iowa – Not typically thought of as a retirement destination, Iowa has decent rankings across the board (9th in healthcare, 11th in quality of life and 26th in affordability).

5. Virginia – Quality of life ranks well in Virginia (9th) while affordability and healthcare rankings are above average (18th and 21st respectively).

The next five desirable retirement states after Virginia are, in order, Wyoming, New Hampshire, Idaho, Utah, and Arizona.

What about the five states with the worst rankings? In descending order, they are:

46. Arkansas – Dead last in quality of life and 45th in healthcare, Arkansas is pulled up by its 20th-place showing in affordability.

47. Mississippi – The same principle applies to Mississippi, but even more so. The state is 49thin quality of life and last in healthcare, but it ranks 10th in affordability.
48. Rhode Island – Healthcare is above average (22nd), but quality of life and affordability are poor at 46th and 48th place, respectively.
49. New Jersey – The least affordable state in the union also has below average rankings in quality of life (28th) and healthcare (33rd).
50. Kentucky – Kentucky ranks 47th in both quality of life and healthcare and only 38th in affordability, earning the Bluegrass State WalletHub's least desirable retirement state ranking for 2018.


Each city then received an overall score out of 100.

Half of the top 10 locales are in California:

  1. San Jose, California: Overall score of 100 out of 100
  2. San Francisco: 83.3
  3. Boston: 65.4
  4. San Diego: 59.1
  5. Los Angeles: 57.7
  6. Minneapolis: 55.4
  7. Sacramento, California: 50.6
  8. Miami: 46.5
  9. Seattle: 43.5
  10. Washington, D.C.: 42.8

A sixth California city — Riverside — also made the top 25. It took the No. 13 spot with an overall score of 38.2.

San Jose moved up from the No. 6 spot last year to No. 1 this year, thanks primarily to strong scores in the categories of job market favorability, work-life balance, and job security and advancement.

Major employers in San Jose — which is home to Silicon Valley — include tech companies like Apple and Cisco. They also include Santa Clara County and Stanford University.

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