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June 19, 2015 | By

So you’ve graduated. Your resume has been sent around. But that first job is still elusive.

It may be time to consider moving to a city where companies are looking to hire new grads — and where housing and other costs will be more affordable.

Glassdoor, a jobs and career marketplace, recently looked at America’s biggest cities, weighing each on housing affordability, how employees rate their job satisfaction, and how easy it would be to get a job (the ratio of openings to population).

These cities made the top five:

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1. Raleigh, NC — Glassdoor Job Score: 4.1

Number of Job Openings: 24,146

Population: 1,242,974

Median Base Salary: $50,950

Median Home Value: $198,400

Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.3

Raleigh, NC, topped the list, thanks to its Research Triangle Park — home to about 170 companies employing 39,000 full-time, mostly high-tech workers. “I love it,” Heidi Tyson tells Carolina Living. Tyson, a self-described housemother, moved to North Raleigh from a Chicago suburb. “The people are really friendly and helpful. It’s a very easy town in which to get around.”

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2. Kansas City, MO — Glassdoor Job Score: 3.9

Number of Job Openings: 28,786

Population: 2,071,133

Median Base Salary: $46,000

Median Home Value: $138,500

Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.2

Kansas City is serious about wooing tech companies. Its LaunchKC business accelerator program will offer $50,000 in funding, free office space for year, and access to industry expertise and mentors to 10 companies this year. “This will strengthen our growing innovation district in downtown, where investors, inventors, and entrepreneurs collaborate within a livable, walkable, and transit-connected urban center,” says Bill Dietrich, president and chief executive of the Downtown Council. The 10 finalists will be announced in mid-September.

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3. Oklahoma City, OK — Glassdoor Job Score: 3.9

Number of Job Openings: 16,759

Population: 1,336,767

Median Base Salary: $38,100

Median Home Value: $129,400

Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.3

Oklahoma City was ranked the #1 place to start a small business in a recent report by NerdWallet. The city is home to several small business incubators, such as i2E, Inc., a private not-for-profit that aids tech-based entrepreneurs and early stage businesses. The University of Central Oklahoma Small Business Development Center is another resource that provides training and support to local entrepreneurs, says NerdWallet.



4. Austin, TX — Glassdoor Job Score: 3.9

Number of Job Openings: 33,198

Population: 1,943,299

Median Base Salary: $50,000

Median Home Value: $226,400

Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.3

It’s estimated that 115 people move to Austin each day to take advantage of companies hiring and the city’s cool reputation. Austin’s fastest-growing industries were leisure and hospitality and wholesale trade, which each grew by 5.2 percent, adding 5,500 and 2,300 jobs, respectively, over the past 12 months, according to the Austin Chamber of Commerce.



5. Seattle, WA — Glassdoor Job Score: 3.9

Number of Job Openings: 69,423

Population: 3,671,478

Median Base Salary: $70,000

Median Home Value: $344,700

Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.3

Employers like Amazon are locating in Seattle’s downtown to take advantage of the city’s amenities and high-tech talent pool. “We could have built a suburban campus. I think it would have been the wrong decision,” Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said at the company’s annual shareholders meeting, adding that the types of people Amazon employs and tries to recruit “appreciate the energy and dynamism of an urban environment.” 

To view the full list, read the Glassdoor study.

Source: 25 Best Cities for Jobs, by Glassdoor, posted May 19, 2015.




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