Boston Ranks As #2 U.S. City For Career-Oriented Professionals, According To New Robert Half Career City Index

Boston Gets High Marks for Quality of Life and Salary Premium

Feb 25, 2016, 08:00 ET from Robert Half

BOSTON, Feb. 25, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- There's good news for career-oriented professionals living in or looking to relocate to the Boston area. According to new research commissioned by staffing firm Robert Half and conducted by The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), Boston ranks second in the nation as the best destination for career-oriented professionals among 25 large U.S. metropolitan areas studied. The city's quality of life coupled with high salaries helped it reach the number two spot. In addition to Boston, the top five cities overall include Seattle, San Francisco, Washington, D.C. and Raleigh.

The Robert Half Career City Index is a benchmarking tool that ranks 25 U.S. cities across 25 indicators that measure and influence career choices, quality of life and work-life balance. The indicators are separated into four main categories: career prospects, quality of life, cost of living and cultural diversity. The study quantifies different aspects that make a city unique and factors that individuals may consider when deciding where to move.

View an infographic featuring the top rankings for Boston.

"Boston is an attractive job market for professionals, as it's become a hub for technology, education and healthcare," said Corey Adams, Regional President for Robert Half in Boston. "Add to that the quality of life, low unemployment rate, and rich culture and history of this city, and it becomes a very desirable spot for professionals to grow their careers."

Should I Stay or Go?
A second current study, the Robert Half Relocation Survey, sheds light on the topic of relocation and shows most professionals are open to the idea of moving to a new city. Sixty-seven percent of workers would consider relocating for a job, and 37 percent believe a move would improve their career prospects.

The most important factors in deciding to move are tied to money: A higher salary (88 percent) and a lower cost of living (61 percent) ranked substantially higher in importance than being closer to family and friends (39 percent) for the workers polled.

The Robert Half Relocation Survey also found:

  • Workers in the South and West regions of the United States are significantly more likely than those in the Northeast and Midwest to consider relocating.
  • An equal percentage of men and women (39 percent) consider being closer to family and friends an important factor in deciding to relocate.
  • Thirty-six percent of respondents are unsure whether moving to a new city would improve their career prospects.
  • Respondents in the Northeast, South and Midwest regions are significantly more likely than those in the West to consider a higher salary an important factor in deciding to move.
  • Men in the 18-34 age group are significantly more likely to believe moving will improve their career prospects.

About the Research
The Robert Half Career City Index provides users with timely data to help them choose a location to start their career or make a life change. Robert Half commissioned the study, which was conducted by The Economist Intelligence Unit, to shed light on how cities stack up in the eyes of professionals. The Robert Half Relocation Survey was conducted by an independent research firm and includes more than 1,000 U.S. professionals.

About Robert Half
Founded in 1948, Robert Half is the world's first and largest specialized staffing firm. The Menlo Park, Calif.-based company has more than 340 staffing locations worldwide and offers online job search and management tools at roberthalf.com. For career and management advice, follow our blog at roberthalf.com/boston-manchester.

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