Dust off your resumes, job seekers — there’s a new list out of the best cities to work in if you want good pay, a fun city to explore and plenty of time outside the office to do it.
Indeed just released its second-annual list of the top cities to find a new job across 50 major metros with the most job postings on the site. They're ranked based on how favorable the job market is, average salaries adjusted for cost of living, work-life balance, and job security and opportunities for advancement.
The Best Cities for Job Seekers in 2018
1. San Jose, California
2. San Francisco, California
3. Boston, Massachusetts
4. San Diego, California
5. Los Angeles, California
6. Minneapolis, Minnesota
7. Sacramento, California
8. Miami, Florida
9. Seattle, Washington
10. Washington, DC
California grabs half of the top 10 list, thanks to big tech, health care and entertainment markets — and job openings — across San Jose, San Francisco and Los Angeles especially.
And if, based on last year’s No. 1 ranking of Miami, you were ready to pack your flip-flops and fly, good news — it still came in first for job security and advancement opportunities.
Overall, there’s something about living near the beach that makes work more bearable. The highest-ranking spots for work-life balance were Los Angeles, Miami, San Jose, San Diego and San Francisco.
Minneapolis, with a large market for business and financial jobs, and Boston, which came in third, made their first showings in the top 25 this year. And the Midwest finally got its due with several more cities — Milwaukee, Columbus, Omaha, St. Louis and Chicago — moving from the bottom to the top half of the list.
Last year's list was primarily represented by Southern cities in Florida, North Carolina, Tennessee and Texas.
What hasn’t changed: The cities deemed less friendly to job seekers. New York City came in 46 out of 50 overall due to a high cost of living and a continuing trend of more people leaving the city than coming in. Traditional Rust Belt towns like Detroit, Cleveland and Pittsburgh also ranked low due to slow economic recovery and a long-time decline in job opportunities.
If this list inspires you to make a move, update your professional profiles and reach out to those connections to help you land a new gig — and maybe even a new city to call home.