The Best Cities for Job Seekers in the U.S.

Salt Lake City, Utah
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No matter how tempting a new city looks from the outside, you'll have a hard time enjoying it if you can't find work after moving there. Career opportunities are among the most commons reasons Americans have for relocating. To see where the chances of landing a great job are in your favor, check out the list below.

The personal finance website WalletHub looked at the job market and socio-economic climate of the 150 most populated cities in America and the two most populated cities in each state to determine the best locations for job hunters. Columbia, Marlyand, came out on top, ranking first in socio-economics and second in job openings. The city also boasts the highest median income of all the places analyzed.

Second on the list is Salt Lake City in Utah. Though the state capital ranks 23rd in socio-economics, it's No.1 when it comes to the strength of its job market. Other high-ranking cities including San Francisco, California, in third place Portland, Maine, in fourth, and Austin, Texas, in fifth.

Lucrative job opportunities can only take you so far in cities where the cost of living is high. If a budget-friendly address is just as important to you as a decent job, check out this list of the most affordable cities in the U.S.

  1. Columbia, MD
  2. Salt Lake City, UT
  3. San Francisco
  4. Portland, ME
  5. Austin, TX
  6. Orlando, FL
  7. Seattle
  8. Scottsdale, AZ
  9. San Jose, CA
  10. Nashua, NH
  11. Plano, TX
  12. Pittsburgh, PA
  13. South Burlington, VT
  14. Columbia, SC
  15. Overland Park, KS
  16. Chandler, AZ
  17. Boise, ID
  18. Warwick, RI
  19. Charleston, SC
  20. Des Moines, IA
  21. Hunstville, AL
  22. West Valley City, UT
  23. Tempe, AZ
  24. Minneapolis
  25. Madison, WI