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Your career is about more than just a job title. It’s about work satisfaction, good colleagues and, yes, location. Not every city is right for every person. The ideal mix is a job you love in a place you enjoy living. But you don’t have to throw a dart at a map. Our sponsor Indeed just released its Best Cities for Job Seekers report for 2018.

Indeed’s study looks at several key factors, including how favorable the local employment market is for job seekers, average salaries, cost of living, work-life balance, and how employers score for job security and advancement opportunities.

Indeed took a close look at the 50 metro areas with the most job postings on the site and ranked those cities. Indeed’s data experts then assigned each one an Indeed City Score, with a top score of 100. The resulting rankings are eye-opening and could help point you in the right direction for the next step in your career.

California dreamin’

California cities made a strong showing in Indeed’s Top 10. Here is the cream of the crop:

  1. San Jose, CA
  2. San Francisco, CA
  3. Boston, MA
  4. San Diego, CA
  5. Los Angeles, CA
  6. Minneapolis, MN
  7. Sacramento, CA
  8. Miami, FL
  9. Seattle, WA
  10. Washington DC

San Jose earned its top place thanks in part to a number-1 ranking in job market favorability and a number-3 spot in work-life balance. San Jose is a paradise for tech-minded people since it sits at the heart of California’s famed Silicon Valley. It’s a hotbed for innovation, but also has easy access to all the cultural wealth and natural beauty of the extended Bay Area.

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Beyond California

While California cities are all over the top slots in Indeed’s rankings, there are some very different locations peppered in there, as well. Boston, Minneapolis, Miami, Seattle, and Washington DC represent the diversity of job hotspots in the U.S.

Indeed says Minneapolis is a great place to look for business and financial positions, personal care jobs, and computer and mathematical jobs. Seattle is in the midst of a tech-related economic boom. It’s no surprise Washington DC is attractive for job seekers looking to work in the public sector.

Indeed’s full top-25 list stretches across quite a few different states, with cities everywhere from Texas to Illinois to Wisconsin making the grade. Your next job move could take you to the historic town of Hartford, Connecticut or to the Windy City of Chicago. The variety of strong job markets means you can find a place that matches up with both your lifestyle and your resume.

When you look over the top-25 list, you’ll notice there’s one very big and very famous metropolis missing: New York City. Indeed points to the migration of workers out of the city, a trend that suggests job seekers are looking for places with a lower cost of living.

Connecting  job seekers with employers

Now that you have your eye on a great city with plentiful job opportunities, it’s time to find your dream position. Head over to our sponsor Indeed's site and search millions of job listings gathered from a wide variety of sources.  You can also post your resume to help employers find you. It only takes a few seconds to get started on a fresh career path.

If you're an employer, then Indeed can connect you with qualified candidates. You can even search over 100 million resumes to find the right person right away. You can get your first job posting up and running in just five minutes.

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