25 best places to find a job in the US in 2018

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When you’re considering moving to a new place, how you plan to make money matters a lot. A flourishing job market can easily mean the difference between making it and burning out in a new town. This is why in the overall ranking of the Best Places to Live, each metro area’s job market — comprised of its unemployment rate and median salary — accounted for 20 percent of the final score. Read on for the 25 strongest job markets in our ranking of the 125 most populous places in the U.S.

Karla Gallegos is lifted as she practices acro yoga with friends in downtown Dallas, Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016. Spring like weather has moved into Texas making being outdoors during winter enjoyable. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
25. Dallas-Fort Worth Best Places 2018 Rank: 18 Metro Population: 6,957,123 Median Home Price: $210,181 Median Annual Salary: $50,350 Unemployment Rate: 3.7 percent The Dallas-Fort Worth area’s top employers come from a wide range of industries — from technology and finance to oil and manufacturing. A big contributor to its success is the number of major corporations that call the area home, including AT&T, Southwest Airlines, Comerica and Texas Health Resources. Learn more about Dallas-Fort Worth. (AP Photo/LM Otero) (AP/LM Otero)
The Gene Leahy Mall in Omaha, NE looking west at the skyline during the holiday season.
24. Omaha, Nebraska Best Places 2018 Rank: 28 Metro Population: 904,834 Median Home Price: $165,667 Median Annual Salary: $46,490 Unemployment Rate: 3 percent Nebraska’s largest city is home to a wide range of industries, including financial institution Berkshire Hathaway and Union Pacific Railroad. Omaha also hosts a developing tech industry, an example of startups seeking less-populated cities to base operations and reduce expenses. Learn more about Omaha. (Thinkstock) (Getty Images/iStockphoto/steveodonnell)
Worcester, Massachusetts, USA Skyline at rush hour.
23. Worcester, Massachusetts Best Places 2018 Rank: 62 Metro Population: 930,667 Median Home Price: $232,633 Median Annual Salary: $52,170 Unemployment Rate: 4.1 percent Located in central Massachusetts, Worcester residents benefit from a low unemployment rate of just 4.1 percent compared to the national average of 4.4 percent. Learn more about Worcester. (Thinkstock) (Getty Images/iStockphoto/SeanPavonePhoto)
Old Main, a landmark and symbol of the University of Arkansas Campus in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
22. Fayetteville, Arkansas Best Places 2018 Rank: 5 Metro Population: 503,642 Median Home Price: $182,508 Median Annual Salary: $44,980 Unemployment Rate: 2.7 percent The Fayetteville area maintains a low unemployment rate — just 2.7 percent — with diverse employers that include the University of Arkansas, Tyson Foods Inc. and Walmart. Learn more about Fayetteville. (Thinkstock) (Getty Images/iStockphoto/BlazenImages)
Cityscape scene of downtown Huntsville, Alabama, from Big Spring Park during the day
21. Huntsville, Alabama Best Places 2018 Rank: 7 Metro Population: 440,230 Median Home Price: $161,600 Median Annual Salary: $52,960 Unemployment Rate: 4 percent Home to NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville attracts aerospace engineers not just for the NASA job opportunities, but also for the aerospace jobs from companies that are based in the area as a result of the government entity’s location. Learn more about Huntsville. (*Median home price for Huntsville was not available, so median home value is listed.) (Thinkstock) (Getty Images/iStockphoto/RobHainer)
In Baltimore, 20.7 percent of home sales in the second quarter were distressed sales, the highest percentage in the nation among cities with a metropolitan area population of 1 million or more. (Thinkstock)
20. Baltimore Best Places 2018 Rank: 83 Metro Population: 2,780,873 Median Home Price: $243,633 Median Annual Salary: $54,920 Unemployment Rate: 4.2 percent Many of Baltimore’s biggest employers are in the health care industry, from Johns Hopkins University and the associated Johns Hopkins Health System to MedStar Health and the University of Maryland Medical System. Learn more about Baltimore. (Thinkstock) (Getty Images/iStockphoto/SeanPavonePhoto)
Downtown Colorado Springs Colorado looking west from Pikes Peak Avenue towards Pikes Peak and the Rocky Mountains.
19. Colorado Springs, Colorado Best Places 2018 Rank: 2 Metro Population: 688,643 Median Home Price: $255,233 Median Annual Salary: $49,450 Unemployment Rate: 3.1 percent Home to the U.S. Air Force Academy, the North American Air Defense Command, a U.S. Army base and an additional Air Force base, Colorado Springs’ job market is heavily defense- and aerospace-based. Still, the Rocky Mountain locale keeps the area’s tourism industry strong as well. Learn more about Colorado Springs. (Thinkstock) (Getty Images/iStockphoto/SWKrullImaging)
Victor Perpetua plays his French horn seated under a statue of the Spirit of Victory in Bushnell Park in Hartford, Conn., Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012.  Perpetua is an attorney in the city and often comes out to the park to play his horn on his lunch break.  (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
18. Hartford, Connecticut Best Places 2018 Rank: 46 Metro Population: 1,211,826 Median Home Price: $206,383 Median Annual Salary: $58,400 Unemployment Rate: 4.8 percent The Hartford metro area may have an above-average unemployment rate, but as a hub for the insurance industry and other businesses, residents earn a median annual salary of $58,400, nearly $10,000 above the national average. Learn more about Hartford. Victor Perpetua plays his French horn seated under a statue of the Spirit of Victory in Bushnell Park in Hartford, Conn., Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012. Perpetua is an attorney in the city and often comes out to the park to play his horn on his lunch break. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill) (AP/Jessica Hill)
People cool off in the Willamette River with the downtown skyline visible in the background in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017. Scorching temperatures are predicted for the Northwest Wednesday and Thursday, with forecasters saying Seattle and Portland could top triple digits and break records. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)
17. Portland, Oregon Best Places 2018 Rank: 6 Metro Population: 2,351,319 Median Home Price: $349,675 Median Annual Salary: $53,960 Unemployment Rate: 3.8 percent A flourishing tech industry isn’t the only thing keeping Portland’s median annual salary high and its unemployment rate below the national average. Manufacturing, athletic and outdoor apparel and health care companies all contribute to Portland’s economy. Learn more about Portland. People cool off in the Willamette River with the downtown skyline visible in the background in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017. Scorching temperatures are predicted for the Northwest Wednesday and Thursday, with forecasters saying Seattle and Portland could top triple digits and break records. (AP Photo/Don Ryan) (AP/Don Ryan)
A man walks on the path around Gray's Lake Park, Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
16. Des Moines, Iowa Best Places 2018 Rank: 4 Metro Population: 611,755 Median Home Price: $181,217 Median Annual Salary: $49,420 Unemployment Rate: 2.9 percent While the Des Moines area’s median salary is slightly below the national average of $49,630, the cost of living is far lower, as the typical resident uses just 23.52 percent of his or her household income on living expenses. The low cost of living is just one factor bringing tech companies and startups to the metro area. Learn more about Des Moines. A man walks on the path around Gray’s Lake Park, Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) (AP/Charlie Neibergall)
A surfer walks out of the surf as the sun sets behind Ocean Beach pier Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
15. San Diego Best Places 2018 Rank: 30 Metro Population: 3,253,356 Median Home Price: $521,067 Median Annual Salary: $55,480 Unemployment Rate: 4 percent San Diego attracts residents with its ideal weather and helps them stay with a number of diverse job opportunities. San Diego is home to the U.S. Pacific Fleet and has a large number of military personnel as a result, not to mention opportunities in technology, tourism and research stemming from the area’s universities. Learn more about San Diego. A surfer walks out of the surf as the sun sets behind Ocean Beach pier Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
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14. Austin, Texas Best Places 2018 Rank: 1 Metro Population: 1,942,615 Median Home Price: $278,608 Median Annual Salary: $50,830 Unemployment Rate: 3.2 percent While Austin attracts a wide variety of businesses, with government and education being major employers in the area, it draws a lot of tech companies as well. A less expensive place to set up shop than Silicon Valley, Austin is now considered a major tech hub. Learn more about Austin. Stockbyte/Thinkstock (Getty Images/Thinkstock)
In this July 13, 2015 photo, the Nova Star ferry travels past fishermen and tourists near the Spring Point Ledge Light on its way to the Ocean Gateway terminal in Portland, Maine. With the decline of groundfishing and freight shipping, Maine’s largest city increasingly relies on tourists passing through its port. (Gabe Souza/Portland Press Herald via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT
13. Portland, Maine Best Places 2018 Rank: 27 Metro Population: 523,874 Median Home Price: $219,658 Median Annual Salary: $47,770 Unemployment Rate: 2.6 percent Portland’s job market thrives on small businesses, ranging from retail to manufacturing. But the high success rate of small businesses doesn’t keep larger companies from calling the area home, such as L.L. Bean, which is based in Freeport, Maine. Learn more about Portland. In this July 13, 2015 photo, the Nova Star ferry travels past fishermen and tourists near the Spring Point Ledge Light on its way to the Ocean Gateway terminal in Portland, Maine. With the decline of groundfishing and freight shipping, Maine’s largest city increasingly relies on tourists passing through its port. (Gabe Souza/Portland Press Herald via AP)  (AP)
Vineyard outside Santa Rosa California
12. Santa Rosa, California Best Places 2018 Rank: 77 Metro Population: 497,776 Median Home Price: $499,513 Median Annual Salary: $52,670 Unemployment Rate: 3.4 percent In the heart of California wine country, Santa Rosa sees a high number of its residents working on farms and at wineries and brewpubs, with another significant portion holding jobs in tourism. Learn more about Santa Rosa. (Thinkstock) (Getty Images/iStockphoto/Bob Corson)
14. Minneapolis, Minnesota

The Land of 10,000 Lakes' most populous city lands at No. 14 in Condé Nast Traveler's "The Best Big Cities in the U.S." With abundant culture and outdoor life, there is much to do here all-year round. Even in the winter. (Getty Images/iStockphoto/RudyBalasko)
11. Minneapolis-St. Paul Best Places 2018 Rank: 9 Metro Population: 3,488,436 Median Home Price: $237,367 Median Annual Salary: $55,010 Unemployment Rate: 3.3 percent Minneapolis boasts strong life science, biotechnology and health-tech industries, as well as familiar corporations headquartered in the area, including Target, Best Buy and General Mills. Learn more about Minneapolis-St. Paul. Getty Images/iStockphoto/RudyBalasko) (Getty Images/iStockphoto/RudyBalasko)
Madison downtown skyline. The capital city of Wisconsin skyline winter view across frozen lake Monona, from the Olin Park at dusk.
10. Madison, Wisconsin Best Places 2018 Rank: 16 Metro Population: 634,269 Median Home Price: $238,375 Median Annual Salary: $50,830 Unemployment Rate: 2.4 percent Along with its strong health care industry, Madison has a growing biotechnology market and attracts startups for its low cost of living but close proximity to well-connected corporations like health care software company Epic Systems. Learn more about Madison. (Thinkstock) (Getty Images/iStockphoto/UWMadison)
View of the Amoskeag Manufacturing mills in Manchester, New Hampshire.
9. Manchester, New Hampshire Best Places 2018 Rank: 37 Metro Population: 404,948 Median Home Price: $236,174 Median Annual Salary: $51,920 Unemployment Rate: 2.7 percent With an extremely low unemployment rate of just 2.7 percent, Manchester residents work in a variety of industries, from technology and communications to financial services, health care and manufacturing. Learn more about Manchester. (Thinkstock) (Getty Images/iStockphoto/stockphoto52)
The Statue of Liberty with One World Trade Center background, Landmarks of New York City, USA
8. New York City Best Places 2018 Rank: 96 Metro Population: 20,973,061 Median Home Price: $374,814 Median Annual Salary: $61,925 Unemployment Rate: 4.4 percent Naturally, the Big Apple makes the list, with a number of domestic and international businesses calling the area home. New York’s major industries range from finance and fashion to shipping and manufacturing, and the city is considered the financial and publishing capital of the U.S. Learn more about New York. (Thinkstock) (Getty Images/iStockphoto/spyarm)
The sun sets behind mountains near Kaneohe, Hawaii, Monday, May 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones)
7. Honolulu Best Places 2018 Rank: 35 Metro Population: 986,999 Median Home Price: $581,658 Median Annual Salary: $51,080 Unemployment Rate: 2.4 percent With active U.S. Army and Air Force bases on Oahu, Honolulu has a sizable percentage of residents in the defense industry, though it’s no surprise tourism is the island’s leading industry. But the individual companies employing the most Honolulu residents are actually in the health care industry. Honolulu has the lowest unemployment rate of the 125 most populous metro areas in the U.S. Learn more about Honolulu. The sun sets behind mountains near Kaneohe, Hawaii, Monday, May 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones) (Caleb Jones/Caleb Jones)
Mariel Toledo leaps for a photo taken by her friend Chi Nguyen in view of downtown Seattle on an unusually sunny day Friday, April 21, 2017. Rain is expected to return Saturday and continue for at least several days. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
6. Seattle Best Places 2018 Rank: 10 Metro Population: 3,671,095 Median Home Price: $403,650 Median Annual Salary: $61,170 Unemployment Rate: 3.9 percent Seattle’s job market has an enviable reputation, with the likes of Amazon, Starbucks and Microsoft calling the area home, and major offices for corporations like Google offering highly desired job opportunities as well. Learn more about Seattle. Mariel Toledo leaps for a photo taken by her friend Chi Nguyen in view of downtown Seattle on an unusually sunny day Friday, April 21, 2017. Rain is expected to return Saturday and continue for at least several days. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) (AP/Elaine Thompson)
The Rocky Mountains rise beyond Denver skyline Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
5. Denver Best Places 2018 Rank: 3 Metro Population: 2,752,056 Median Home Price: $362,492 Median Annual Salary: $55,910 Unemployment Rate: 2.6 percent Educational institutions such as the University of Colorado and the University of Denver create a substantial amount of research roles in the area. Strong business in aerospace, defense and tourism also help fuel Denver’s strong job market. Learn more about Denver. The Rocky Mountains rise beyond Denver skyline Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) (AP/Charlie Riedel)
The sunset illuminates clouds over Boston harbor and the city skyline Monday, Oct. 5, 2015 in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  The sunset illuminates clouds over Boston harbor and the city skyline Monday, Oct. 5, 2015 in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) (AP/Michael Dwyer)
D.C.'s iconic Pennsylvania Avenue is seen in this file photo. (Thinkstock)
3. Washington, D.C. Best Places 2018 Rank: 8 Metro Population: 6,011,752 Median Home Price: $368,642 Median Annual Salary: $68,000 Unemployment Rate: 3.7 percent The District of Columbia offers a significant amount of work in the public sector and with government contractors, but it also has a steadily growing number of private-sector companies headquartered in the area, including Marriott International and Mars Inc. in the Maryland and Virginia suburbs, respectively. Learn more about Washington. (Thinkstock) (Thinkstock)
A man stands at China Beach as fog rolls past a span of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
1. San Francisco Best Places 2018 Rank: 20 Metro Population: 4,577,530 Median Home Price: $790,233 Median Annual Salary: $69,110 Unemployment Rate: 3.3 percent Tied at the No. 1 spot is San Francisco, where residents enjoy a strong job market that thrives in tourism, technology, finance and business. San Francisco residents also enjoy a high median annual salary of more than $69,000. Learn more about San Francisco. A man stands at China Beach as fog rolls past a span of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) (AP/Jeff Chiu)
An aerial and panoramic view of the historic Plaza de Cesar Chavez in San Jose, CA.
1. San Jose, California Best Places 2018 Rank: 17 Metro Population: 1,943,107 Median Home Price: $932,108 Median Annual Salary: $78,990 Unemployment Rate: 3.3 percent. The capital of Silicon Valley continues to reign supreme, tied with its neighbor San Francisco for the top spot on the list. San Jose has the highest average salary out of the 125 largest metro areas in the U.S., combined with a below-average unemployment rate. Learn more about San Jose. (Thinkstock) (Getty Images/iStockphoto/GerardoBrucker)
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Karla Gallegos is lifted as she practices acro yoga with friends in downtown Dallas, Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016. Spring like weather has moved into Texas making being outdoors during winter enjoyable. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
The Gene Leahy Mall in Omaha, NE looking west at the skyline during the holiday season.
Worcester, Massachusetts, USA Skyline at rush hour.
Old Main, a landmark and symbol of the University of Arkansas Campus in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Cityscape scene of downtown Huntsville, Alabama, from Big Spring Park during the day
In Baltimore, 20.7 percent of home sales in the second quarter were distressed sales, the highest percentage in the nation among cities with a metropolitan area population of 1 million or more. (Thinkstock)
Downtown Colorado Springs Colorado looking west from Pikes Peak Avenue towards Pikes Peak and the Rocky Mountains.
Victor Perpetua plays his French horn seated under a statue of the Spirit of Victory in Bushnell Park in Hartford, Conn., Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012.  Perpetua is an attorney in the city and often comes out to the park to play his horn on his lunch break.  (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
People cool off in the Willamette River with the downtown skyline visible in the background in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017. Scorching temperatures are predicted for the Northwest Wednesday and Thursday, with forecasters saying Seattle and Portland could top triple digits and break records. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)
A man walks on the path around Gray's Lake Park, Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
A surfer walks out of the surf as the sun sets behind Ocean Beach pier Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
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In this July 13, 2015 photo, the Nova Star ferry travels past fishermen and tourists near the Spring Point Ledge Light on its way to the Ocean Gateway terminal in Portland, Maine. With the decline of groundfishing and freight shipping, Maine’s largest city increasingly relies on tourists passing through its port. (Gabe Souza/Portland Press Herald via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT
Vineyard outside Santa Rosa California
14. Minneapolis, Minnesota

The Land of 10,000 Lakes' most populous city lands at No. 14 in Condé Nast Traveler's "The Best Big Cities in the U.S." With abundant culture and outdoor life, there is much to do here all-year round. Even in the winter. (Getty Images/iStockphoto/RudyBalasko)
Madison downtown skyline. The capital city of Wisconsin skyline winter view across frozen lake Monona, from the Olin Park at dusk.
View of the Amoskeag Manufacturing mills in Manchester, New Hampshire.
The Statue of Liberty with One World Trade Center background, Landmarks of New York City, USA
The sun sets behind mountains near Kaneohe, Hawaii, Monday, May 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones)
Mariel Toledo leaps for a photo taken by her friend Chi Nguyen in view of downtown Seattle on an unusually sunny day Friday, April 21, 2017. Rain is expected to return Saturday and continue for at least several days. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
The Rocky Mountains rise beyond Denver skyline Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
The sunset illuminates clouds over Boston harbor and the city skyline Monday, Oct. 5, 2015 in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
D.C.'s iconic Pennsylvania Avenue is seen in this file photo. (Thinkstock)
A man stands at China Beach as fog rolls past a span of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
An aerial and panoramic view of the historic Plaza de Cesar Chavez in San Jose, CA.

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