Where can I find a job? – Top cities 2018

Where can I find a job? Top cities for job opportunities

So, you’re over 50 and you’re ready to reenter the working world or switch careers. And, you might even have the flexibility to move to a different city or state. You’ve probably asked yourself “where can I find a job?”

As you might have guessed, some cities are hot job market cities right now. So, here is a list of a few of them and a little information about each to help you choose your new place to live and work,

1. San Jose, Californiasan jose

Population (Metro): 2 million

Median Home Value: $609,500

Ranking Job Market favorability: 1

Salary ranking: 35

Work-life balance ranking: 3

Job security and advancement ranking: 5

Overall score: 100.0

Other facts about San Jose:

  • It is illegal for grocery stores to use plastic bags.
  • Thought to be California’s oldest settlement (1777).
  • One of the most educated cities in the country.
  • Considered the third safest city in the US.
  • It is illegal for animals to mate in public if they are closer than 1,500 feet to a church, bar or school.
  • Great weather – the sun is out 300 days per year.
  • Most concentrated tech center in the world.
  • The rock band the Doobie Brothers originated in San Jose.

2. San Francisco, CaliforniaSan Francisco

Population (Metro): 4.727 million

Median Home Value: $799,600

Job market favorability ranking: 2

Salary ranking: 34

Work-life balance ranking: 5

Job security and advancement ranking: 6

Overall score: 83.3

Other facts about San Francisco:

  • San Francisco’s cable cars are the only historic landmark that can move.
  • The official instrument of San Francisco is the accordion.
  • It is built on 43 hills.
  • San Francisco Bay is considered the largest land-locked harbor.
  • The original name is Yerba Buena which means good herb or good grass.
  • Filbert Street between Hyde and Leavenworth is the steepest street (31.5 degrees).
  • The bear on the California state flag is modeled after Monarch, the Grizzly who lived in Golden Gate Park.
  • San Francisco ranks 4th for the number of billionaires living in the city after New York, Moscow and London.


3. Boston, Massachusetts

Population (Metro): 4.836 million

Median Home Value: $393,600

Job market favorability ranking: 13

Salary ranking: 16

Work-life balance ranking: 10

Job security and advancement ranking: 13

Overall score: 65.4

Other facts about Boston:

  • The Boston Common has been around since 1634 and is the oldest public park in the country.
  • Revere Beach is the county’s first public beach.
  • Boston built America’s first subway in 1897.
  • Fenway Park which opened in 1912 is the oldest original major league baseball stadium still in use.
  • Boston is home to Harvard – the first college in North America (founded 1636).
  • Over 1/3 of Boston’s population are college students.
  • Christmas was not a legal holiday until 1856.
  • Boston’s nickname is “Beantown.”

San Diego4. San Diego, California

Population (Metro): 3.337 million

Median Home Value: $463,300

Job market favorability ranking: 18

Salary ranking: 46

Work-life balance ranking: 4

Job security and advancement ranking: 2

Overall score: 59.1

Other facts about San Diego:

  • The country’s first drive-in restaurant, Oscar’s was opened in San Diego.
  • Was home to Dr. Seuss.
  • San Diego County is home to the most missions in the country.
  • Fines are issued if you leave your Christmas lights up after February 2.
  • The US Navy is the biggest employer.
  • The San Diego Chargers have never won a Superbowl.
  • San Diego imports 168 million gallons of water per day.
  • San Diego has excellent climate year-round.

LA5. Los Angeles, California

Population (Metro): 13.353 million

Median Home Value: $471,000

Job market favorability ranking: 26

Salary ranking: 47

Work-life balance ranking: 1

Job security and advancement ranking: 3

Overall score: 57.7

Other facts about Los Angeles:

  • Oil was discovered in 1892 near what is now Dodger Stadium.
  • The LA Coroner’s office has a gift shop.
  • Beverly Hills started out as a lima bean ranch.
  • It is illegal to lick a toad in Los Angeles.
  • It is illegal to drive more than 2,000 sheep down Hollywood Boulevard.
  • Los Angeles has more cars than people.
  • LAX is the second busiest airport in the US.
  • Eldred Street in Highland Park is the steepest street in California (Yep, steeper than Filbert Street in San Francisco) with a 33% elevation grade.


6. Minneapolis, Minnesota

Population (Metro): 3.6 million

Median Home Value: $205,300

Job market favorability ranking: 3

Salary ranking: 17

Work-life balance ranking: 21

Job security and advancement ranking: 26

Overall score: 55.4

Other facts about Minneapolis:

  • Minneapolis is the nation’s third most literate city (topped by Seattle and Washington DC).
  • It has the highest number of golfers per capita in the nation.
  • The nation’s first armored car was built in Minneapolis.
  • Minneapolis has no sales tax on clothing and accessories.
  • An average of 10,000 cyclists use the bike lanes every day.
  • Recording studio, “Sound 80” created the first digitally released audio recording – The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra performing Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring.
  • There are over 20 lakes within the city limits.
  • Charles Schulz, creator of “Peanuts” was a native.

7. Sacramento, Californiav

Population (Metro): 2.324 million

Median Home Value: $238,500

Job market favorability ranking: 23

Salary ranking: 11

Work-life balance ranking: 11

Job security and advancement ranking: 18

Overall score: 50.6

Other facts about Sacramento:

  • Sacramento has a large underground network of tunnels.
  • It gets really hot in the summer
  • Sacramento processes more almonds than anywhere in the world.
  • It is second, only to Paris, for the number of trees per capita in the world.
  • It is the birthplace of the Pony Express.
  • California had several capitol cities before Sacramento.
  • Sacramento evolved from the California gold rush.
  • It is considered an environmentally friendly city.


8. Miami, Florida

Population (Metro): 6.158 million

Median Home Value: $224,600

Job market favorability ranking: 45

Salary ranking: 48

Work-life balance ranking: 2

Job security and advancement ranking: 1

Overall score: 46.5

Other facts about Miami:

  • Gets its name from the Mayaimi tribe which is native to the area.
  • Miami is the only major US city founded by a woman – Julia Tuttle.
  • Home to one of the world’s largest collection of art deco architecture.
  • Known as the Cruise Capital of the World.
  • Miami has more than 800 parks and is surrounded by Everglades National Park and Biscayne National Park.
  • The first Burger King opened in Miami in 1954.
  • 22,000 New Yorkers move to Miami every year.
  • It has snowed once in Miami in its recorded history – January 19, 1977.

9. Seattle, WashingtonSeattle

Population: (Metro) 3.867 million

Median Home Value: $452,800

Job market favorability ranking: 6

Salary ranking: 18

Work-life balance ranking: 32

Job security and advancement ranking: 34

Overall score: 43.5

Other facts about Seattle:

  • The Boeing Aircraft Company was founded in Seattle.
  • It is the birthplace of Starbucks coffee (I know one of the founders – Zev Siegl).
  • When the space needle was built in 1962, it was the tallest building west of the Mississippi.
  • Seattle has the world’s longest floating bridge.
  • Home to the world’s first gas station – opened in 1907.
  • Seattle is ranked the most literate city in the country.
  • More sunglasses are bought per capita than any city in the country.
  • Seattle’s Pier 52 ferry terminal is the busiest in the country.


10. Washington, D.C.

Population: (Metro) 6.216 million

Median Home Value: $475,800

Job market favorability ranking: 20

Salary ranking: 49

Work-life balance ranking: 6

Job security and advancement ranking: 4

Overall score: 42.8

Other facts about Washington DC:

  • Residents drink more wine per capita than any US state.
  • There is an empty crypt beneath the Capitol Building.
  • Three alligators have lived in the White House.
  • Residents of DC could not vote for president until 1961.
  • Was built on a mosquito-infested swamp.
  • Baseball’s seventh inning stretch originated here when President William Howard Taft stood up to stretch his legs and everyone else stood up out of respect.
  • DC averages 39 inches of rain every year – more than Seattle.
  • The Library of Congress is the biggest in the world.


We hope this information is helpful if you are moving to take a new job in one of these cities. It is never to late to start anew!

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