Top 25 Best Cities For Jobs
Forbes Magazine has once again ranked the best cities in the US to find a career. The results are very surprising, as even they would admit:
Oklahoma has inspired its share of songs and one memorable musical. But it's not exactly a top destination for recent college graduates looking for work. Usually, 22-year-olds flock to cosmopolitan cities like New York and San Francisco, assuming that's where they'll find the most opportunities for work (and, let's be honest, a social life). But they might be heading in the wrong direction. Oklahoma City made it on to our list of the 25 best American cities to get a job. New York's ranking? No. 75.
Here's the top 25:
1. Raleigh-Cary, N.C.
3. Jacksonville, Fla.
4. Orlando-Kissimmee, Fla.
5. Washington, D.C.
6. Salt Lake City, Utah
7. Honolulu, Hawaii (tie)
8. Las Vegas-Paradise, Nev. (tie)
9. Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach, Fla.
10. Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, Va.
11. Bethesda-Gaithersburg-Fredericton, Md. (tie)
12. Sarasota-Bradenton-Venice, Fla. (tie)
13. Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Fla.
14. Richmond, Va.
15. Omaha-Council Bluffs, Neb. (tie)
16. West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Boynton Beach, Fla.
17. Little Rock-North Little Rock, Ark.
18. Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro, Tenn.
19. Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, Calif.
20. Tucson, Ariz.
21. Oklahoma City, Okla.
22. Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, Ga.
23. Austin-Round Rock, Tex.
24. Albuquerque, N.M. (tie)
25. Sacramento, Calif. (tie)
The lower rankings of some major cities are probably due to Forbes' criteria, which considers a number of factors you might not expect:
A journey through our Best Cities For Jobs would start in Bethesda, Md., then head down the coast to Florida, west to Texas, Oklahoma, and Arizona and up through California. In fact, unlike last year, when Camden, N.J., made the list, few cities outside of this southern and western crescent were among the top 25 this year. The southeast and southwest benefit from great weather, lots of land available for development, a relatively low cost of living and a business-friendly tax climate. Other statistics confirm our findings. According to Manpower's (nyse: MAN - news - people ) latest employment outlook survey, employers in the south and west expect to hire the most employees in the first quarter of 2007, according to Melanie Holmes, vice president of corporate affairs.