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You'll never guess the best city in the country for jobs right now

You'll never guess the best city in the country for jobs right now
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Looking for a job? Is the job market dead in your area? Then maybe it's time to focus your sights elsewhere, and I know just the places you should look. Job posting site Glassdoor just released its list of the top 15 cities for jobs right now. The list has taken a lot of job searchers by surprise. That's because the best places to find a job right are not the usual cities most would think of first.

When I think of the hustle and bustle of business, huge cities like Chicago and New York City come to mind. But, those aren't the places that top Glassdoor's new hot job-market list. Instead lots of small and mid-size locations made the list.

“Many small and mid-size cities offer good economic value today,” said Dr. Andrew Chamberlain, Glassdoor chief economist, “but I don’t think public perceptions have kept up with that. There are still stereotypes about old industrial cities.”

To be on the top of this list, the areas needed a generous median salary coupled with affordable housing. For instance, San Francisco ranks high in salary at a median of $70,000, but typical housing at a whopping $700,000 knocked it out of the top 10.

So, which city is the number one location for jobs in the country right now? That honor goes to Raleigh, North Carolina. The city is full of quality jobs because it has attracted tech companies and other large employers like IBM. Raleigh residents earn a median salary of $50,000 per year. Take a look below to see the other cities on the list.

  1. Raleigh, North Carolina
  2. Kansas City, Missouri
  3. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  4. Austin, Texas
  5. Seattle, Washington
  6. Salt Lake City, Utah
  7. San Jose, California
  8. Louisville, Kentucky
  9. San Antonio, Texas
  10. Washington, D.C.
  11. St. Louis, Missouri
  12. San Francisco, California
  13. Columbus, Ohio
  14. Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas
  15. Boston, Massachusetts

I've plotted these top 15 cities on this map for you with the top five cities in red, the middle 5 in orange and the bottom 5 in yellow.

Top 15 job markets

Glassdoor gathered data from its own job postings, U.S. Office of Management & Budget and the Zillow Home Value Index. The site analyzed the 50 most populated metro areas in the country and looked at factors like available jobs and job satisfaction.

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Source: Forbes
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