Looking for Work? Try Applying for Jobs in These 25 U.S. Cities

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Life shouldn’t begin and end at the office. That's part of the reasoning behind how Glassdoor ranked the top 25 U.S. cities for jobs in 2017. According to Thrillist, the career website used metrics like available job openings, cost of living, and employee satisfaction to decide which of the nation's 50 most populated metro areas make the best home base.

Pittsburgh topped the list with a thriving job market (95,399 estimated openings), a livable median base salary ($44,000), and an affordable housing market (the median home value is $137,400). Workers—who, on average, ranked their job satisfaction as 3.2 out of 5—had a good chance of snagging occupations ranging from civil engineer to project manager or registered nurse.

Following the City of Bridges, the list’s remaining top 10 cities were either in the Midwest or the South. Indianapolis came in second, with an estimated 80,561 job openings, an average base salary of $43,000, and a median home value of $138,100. Job satisfaction levels were pegged at 3.3 out of 5, and promising career opportunities included gigs as a marketing manager, a machine operator, or a DevOps engineer.

Coming in third, fourth, fifth, and sixth, respectively, were Kansas City, Missouri; Raleigh, North Carolina; St. Louis, Missouri; and Memphis, Tennessee. Cities in Ohio—including Columbus, Cincinnati, and Cleveland—filled positions seven, eight, and nine, respectively, followed by Louisville, Kentucky, which rounded out the list at number 10. As for popular cities like San Francisco, New York, and Los Angeles, they didn’t even make the cut.

The main takeaway, according to Glassdoor's chief economist, Dr. Andrew Chamberlain, is to consider positions in cities that aren’t necessarily big coastal behemoths—especially if you’re looking for strong quality of life.

"This list isn't necessarily designed for extremely career-driven individuals looking for the best jobs in major cities with the best brand names, workplace culture, or benefits,” concluded Chamberlain, according to Refinery29. “This report is for people who want to find a job they will be satisfied in relatively easily, as well as be able to afford living in their city. It illustrates to job seekers and employees who may be looking for a new job that it may be worth broadening your horizons beyond famous U.S. cities—you may find a few surprising opportunities that fit your life."

Curious which other urban areas made the cut? Glassdoor’s full list is available here.

[h/t Thrillist]

Wayfair’s Fourth of July Clearance Sale Takes Up to 60 Percent Off Grills and Outdoor Furniture

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This Fourth of July, Wayfair is making sure you can turn your backyard into an oasis while keeping your bank account intact with a clearance sale that features savings of up to 60 percent on essentials like chairs, hammocks, games, and grills. Take a look at some of the highlights below.

Outdoor Furniture

Brisbane bench from Wayfair
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- Jericho 9-Foot Market Umbrella $92 (Save 15 percent)
- Woodstock Patio Chairs (Set of Two) $310 (Save 54 percent)
- Brisbane Wooden Storage Bench $243 (Save 62 percent)
- Kordell Nine-Piece Rattan Sectional Seating Group with Cushions $1800 (Save 27 percent)
- Nelsonville 12-Piece Multiple Chairs Seating Group $1860 (Save 56 percent)
- Collingswood Three-Piece Seating Group with Cushions $410 (Save 33 percent)

Grills and Accessories

Dyna-Glo electric smoker.
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- Spirit® II E-310 Gas Grill $479 (Save 17 percent)
- Portable Three-Burner Propane Gas Grill $104 (Save 20 percent)
- Digital Bluetooth Electric Smoker $224 (Save 25 percent)
- Cuisinart Grilling Tool Set $38 (Save 5 percent)

Outdoor games

American flag cornhole game.
GoSports

- American Flag Cornhole Board $57 (Save 19 percent)
- Giant Four in a Row Game $30 (Save 6 percent)
- Giant Jenga Game $119 (Save 30 percent)

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The Worst Drivers In America Live in These 15 States

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No matter how many times you've been cut off on a road trip, anecdotal evidence alone can't prove that a certain state's drivers are worse than yours. For that, you need statistics. The personal finance company SmartAsset compiled data related to bad driving behaviors to create this list of the 15 states in America with the worst drivers.

This ranking is based on four metrics: the number of fatalities per 100 million miles driven in each state, DUI arrests per 1000 drivers, the percentage of uninsured drivers, and how often residents Google the terms “speeding ticket” or “traffic ticket.”

Mississippi ranks worst overall, with the second-highest number of fatalities and the second lowest percentage of insured drivers. This marked the third year in a row Mississippi claimed the bottom slot in SmartAsset's worst driver's list. This year, it's followed by Nevada in second place and Tennessee in third. You can check out the worst offenders in the country in the list below.

Some motorists may be more interested in avoiding the cities plagued by bad driving than the states. These two categories don't always align: Oregon, which didn't crack the top 10 states with the worst drivers, is home to Portland, the city with the worst drivers according to one quote comparison site. After reading through the list of states, compare it to the cities with the worst drivers in America here.

  1. Mississippi
  1. Nevada
  1. Tennessee
  1. Florida
  1. California
  1. Arizona
  1. South Carolina (Tie)
  1. Texas (Tie)
  1. New Mexico
  1. Alaska
  1. Louisiana
  1. Alabama
  1. Oregon
  1. Arkansas
  1. Colorado