2016 Cities with the Best Job Opportunities in America

Explore the cities with the best job opportunities based on employment rates, job market growth, and cost of living. Ranking based on data from the U.S. Census, BLS, and other data sources.

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    Odessa

    • City in Texas
    • 151 reviews
    Niche User:There is great food, people here in west Texas are so nice, and I would never want to leave Texas! I might want to move out of this town to a bigger town in Texas once I get my degree but I love Texas!

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    Midland

    • City in Texas
    • 148 reviews
    Niche User:Crime has always been under control in my area. Midland has always been more conservative. Crime seems to be the least of everyone's problem

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    The Woodlands

    • City in Texas
    • 215 reviews
    Niche User:This place is great to settle down and raise a family in. I think that most people who leave do so because of work. Some neighborhoods are very close and have regular block parties, and others are the opposite. It's just the luck of the draw with the sense of "community" in a specific neighborhood.

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    Plano

    • City in Texas
    • 467 reviews
    Niche User:I've lived here my whole life, and can't recall any crimes occurring in my neighborhood, and have only read or heard about a few robberies in the surrounding areas.

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    Round Rock

    • City in Texas
    • 143 reviews
    Niche User:The neighbors are wonderful and the area is great for kids. Multiple parks for the kids throughout neighborhood and a nice community pools for all ages.

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    Denton

    • City in Texas
    • 299 reviews
    Niche User:I have known people who have lived here for years

    There is also many parks that allow pets, and many community events that are meant for your dogs

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    Fargo

    • City in North Dakota
    • 14 reviews
    Niche User:I would choose to live here again if I could. Beside the few crimes we've had lately, I think it is a very safe place to attend school and someday raise my family.

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    Lafayette

    • City in Louisiana
    • 193 reviews
    Niche User:Lafayette can be an awesome place to live, if you have the right amount of money, so that you can choose to live in a nice good neighborhood. If you don't have the large amount of money and have to live in the bad areas, chances are there's going to be alot of trouble!

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    Laredo

    • City in Texas
    • 499 reviews
    Niche User:This area of Texas is okay and very comfortable. The school that I currently attend is getting better in all areas. If I were given a choice to do it all over again I would choose it again. Living next to another country is convenient

    despite the crime there, it contributes to the culture in Laredo.

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    Rochester

    • City in Minnesota
    • 99 reviews
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    Overland Park

    • City in Kansas
    • 226 reviews
    Niche User:The schools in this area are great and have helped me with University so much. I felt very prepared for college and am glad I had the opportunity to attend such a great school. The general atmosphere is very nice. People are friendly, there is lots to do, and tons of restaurant options.

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    Murfreesboro

    • City in Tennessee
    • 230 reviews
    Niche User:I love the area and everything we can do that is so close to us. The only thing I can find to complain about is the traffic. It is so bad in this area!

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    Oklahoma City

    • City in Oklahoma
    • 789 reviews
    Niche User:I've lived here my whole life so I love where I live. I do feel like safety is decreasing but that's all through the United States not just my area.

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    Austin

    • City in Texas
    • 921 reviews
    Niche User:There are times of interaction that one meets new people and find out they are very friendly, sometimes leading into a friendship afterwards.

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    Columbia

    • City in Maryland
    • 160 reviews
    Niche User:I love the education system here in the area, as well as the sense of community that everyone has where we all seem to understand each other.

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    Sioux Falls

    • City in South Dakota
    • 293 reviews
    Niche User:When my family moved to Sioux Falls, it was very different than anywhere else we had lived. It was clean and nice and had lovely people. Beautiful area to live in, with plenty of nice places around to spend time.

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    Provo

    • City in Utah
    • 719 reviews
    Niche User:Everyone tries to get involved with helping each other have a fun and successful college experience. It is great that so many people are so friendly.

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    Amarillo

    • City in Texas
    • 260 reviews
    Niche User:It's a nice place for families. Very affordable for college students and new families. Not very much attractions, but the attractions that are present are fun and amusing for children.

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    Richardson

    • City in Texas
    • 129 reviews
    Niche User:The atmosphere is perfect. I met many great neighbors that are willing to help each other whenever someone needs help. I feel safe within my house knowing that we are protected by the police department a few blocks away.

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    McAllen

    • City in Texas
    • 256 reviews
    Niche User:The place where I live isn't necessarily bad but it isn't the best. It's normal living for me I guess. Living in south McAllen isn't so bad just that there is many crimes that do happen around that area. Due to living what we call "downtown" here in McAllen it can be a little scarier than living up north of McAllen. It's two very different living styles.

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    Houston

    • City in Texas
    • 1,003 reviews
    Niche User:There's not much crime in this area. Sometimes there's something about the police doing something or other, but it's never anything truly serious.

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    Lexington-Fayette

    • City in Kentucky
    • 432 reviews
    Niche User:I will choose to live hear again. This area will probably be a 5 out of 10 compared to the rest of the country. I see more people living here.

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    Cedar Rapids

    • City in Iowa
    • 220 reviews
    Niche User:It is an area that has things to do that a big city would, yet it has more of a small town feel. There is a wide range of activities available and people to experience in a small mileage radius.

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    Fort Worth

    • City in Texas
    • 1,273 reviews
    Niche User:This area is very friendly, and pet loving! Almost everyone in this area has a pet cat or dog. The pets are very loving as well and allow themselves to be petted. I enjoy walking around the school because I feel safe and enjoy talking to neighbors that walk by.

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    Columbia

    • City in Missouri
    • 237 reviews
    Niche User:It depends on who you are as a person. Columbia is a college town (University of Missouri) and if you like a college, young atmosphere, Columbia is great. Also, if you are an artsy person (like films and festivals) Columbia is great.

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