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2017’s best cities for jobs

In order to determine the best job markets in the U.S., WalletHub analysts compared the 150 most populated cities across two key dimensions: “job market” and “socioeconomic environment.” The personal-finance website assigned heavier weight to the former as the factors in that category most heavily influence a job seeker’s decision in terms of relocation for employment.

The job market ranking, comprising of 80 points total, included a number of data points on job opportunities, employment growth and job securities. The socioeconomic portion, totaling 20 points, included data on median annual incomes, workplace accessibility and housing affordability.

These following cities ranked highest on WalletHub’s list.
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Downtown Raleigh at Twilight with a beuatiful colorful skyscape. Raleigh, North Carolina, USA.

10. Raleigh, N.C.

Total score: 61.29
Job market ranking: 13
Socioeconomic Environmental ranking: 40
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"The Phoenix suburb / satellite city of Tempe, with the Tempe city skyline, Hayden Butte (hill), Tempe Town Lake (part of Salt River), and Mill Avenue Bridge"

9. Tempe, Ariz.

Total score: 62.17
Job market ranking: 15
Socioeconomic Environmental ranking: 12
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Skyline of Salt Lake City, Utah, USA in early spring as the sun sets.

8. Salt Lake City, Utah

Total score: 62.54
Job market ranking: 10
Socioeconomic Environmental ranking: 25
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7. Chandler, Ariz.

Total score: 62.71
Job market ranking: 16
Socioeconomic Environmental ranking: 8
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Pacific Coast Highway Road Sign

6. Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.

Total score: 63.35
Job market ranking: 7
Socioeconomic Environmental ranking: 15
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Golden Gate Bridge with San Francisco Cityscape Close up

5. San Francisco, Calif.

Total score: 63.37
Job market ranking: 6
Socioeconomic Environmental ranking: 34
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Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. state of South Dakota.

4. Sioux Falls, S.D.

Total score: 64.72
Job market ranking: 5
Socioeconomic Environmental ranking: 11
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Downtown Orlando Florida

3. Orlando, Fla.

Total score: 64.90
Job market ranking: 2
Socioeconomic Environmental ranking: 19
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Vector illustration of a red Texas Map and shadow agianst a gradient background.

2. Plano, Texas

Total score: 64.91
Job market ranking: 4
Socioeconomic Environmental ranking: 13
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"Downtown Scottsdale and suburbs of Phoenix, Arizona, with the White Tank Mountain Range in the background in eerly morning lightMore images from Phoenix:"

1. Scottsdale, Ariz.

Total score: 70.48
Job market ranking: 1
Socioeconomic Environmental ranking: 2
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2017’s worst cities for jobs

To see this year's cities with the worst job growth outlook, click here.

To view WalletHub's full report, click here.
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