This list is compiled by ranking U.S. metros with the highest Glassdoor City Score, determined by weighing 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)2. As part of this report, we include each metro's median pay for employees, median home value, job satisfaction rating, number of current job openings and a few local in-demand jobs.
Interestingly, some major technology and financial hubs, such as San Francisco and New York City, did not make the top 25, even though several of these cities currently offer healthy job markets. Ohio is the only state with three cities among the top 25 (#7 Columbus, #8 Cincinnati, #9 Cleveland).
"Big, metropolitan cities may be more famous than others, including being home to some amazing companies to work for, but this recognition is also what contributes to them being among the most expensive places to live," says Glassdoor Chief Economist Dr. Andrew Chamberlain. "People may be overlooking midsize cities like Pittsburgh or St. Louis if they are looking to relocate or find new opportunities. What this jobs report shows is that many midsize cities stand out for offering a great mix of a thriving job market with plenty of opportunity, paired with home affordability and being regions where employees are more satisfied in their jobs too."
Glassdoor is now the No. 2 job site in the U.S.1, featuring all of the latest jobs online paired with approximately 33 million reviews and insights from employees on 700,000 companies in 190 countries3. Glassdoor welcomes more than 45 million unique users, on average, to its desktop and mobile platforms each month4. The top three reasons people first come to Glassdoor are to browse job listings, research a company they want to work for, and research how salary/compensation information compares to others5.
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1Based on unique users, custom job list sites % Change Media Trend Report, Comscore June 2017 Media Metrix®; Compared to Indeed.com, CareerBuilder.com, Monster.com and ZipRecruiter.com.
2Methodology: Glassdoor's Best Cities for Jobs report identifies U.S. metros with the highest overall Glassdoor City Score, based on a comparison of the 50 most populated U.S. metros. Each region's Glassdoor City Score, based on a 5-point scale (5.0=best city for a job, 1.0=worst city for a job), is determined by weighing three factors equally: hiring opportunity, cost of living and job satisfaction.
Hiring opportunity is determined by the ratio of active job openings to population. (Job openings per metro represent active job listings on Glassdoor as of 8/15/17. Population data is according to the United States Census Bureau).
Cost of living is determined by the ratio of median annual base salary to median metro home value. (Median annual base salary per metro based on at least 2,500 salary reports shared by local employees on Glassdoor over the past year [8/16/16-8/15/17]). Median home value is according to the Zillow Home Value Index for All Homes, as of June 2017).
Job satisfaction ratings per metro is based on at least 1,500 company reviews shared by local employees on Glassdoor over the past year (8/16/16-8/15/17; Ratings based on a 5-point scale: 1.0=very dissatisfied, 3.0=OK, 5.0=very satisfied).
3Glassdoor Internal Data, June 2017
4Google Analytics, CQ2'17 average
5 Glassdoor.com U.S. Site Survey, August 2016
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