Colorado has plenty of great places to work, as indicated by the 28 businesses from these parts that wound up on Outside's most recent best places to work list. But are there jobs available? NerdWallet says yes. The blog's recent roundup of the best cities for job seekers prominently includes Denver. Where does the Mile High City fall? And which cities top it? Continue to for the photo-illustrated countdown, featuring excerpts from NerdWallet text and the survey's methodology. To read the original post, click here.
Number 10: St. Paul, Minnesota St. Paul holds many of the same economic characteristics that make its Twin City Minneapolis so attractive to job seekers -- low unemployment, high affordability and a working-age population growth rate that's higher than the national average.... Number 9: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Oklahoma City, the state's largest city and capital, earns a spot on our list for its 3.9 percent unemployment rate, the 9.31 percent growth in its working-age population and the low median rent of $747 a month. Top employers include Tinker Air Force Base, a Federal Aviation Administration aeronautical center, Hobby Lobby Stores and Chesapeake Energy Corp.... Continue to keep counting down the ten best cities for job seekers. Number 8: Portland, Oregon Portland's eclectic mix of microbreweries, local businesses and liberal-minded population have helped give it the unofficial slogan "Keep Portland Weird." The city's workers earn about $49,616, the highest median income of our top 10, but it's offset by a higher rent, about $956 a month.... Number 7: Greensboro, North Carolina Greensboro's working-age population is growing quickly, at a rate of 11.17 percent from 2009 to 2013. The city's largest employers include Cone Health, the U.S. Postal Service and Harris Teeter, a supermarket company.... Continue to keep counting down the ten best cities for job seekers. Number 6: Austin, Texas Texas' capital made our list for its 12.47% working-age population growth and a low jobless rate of 4%. The city thrives in advanced manufacturing, clean energy and life sciences, and has earned the nickname "Silicon Hills" for its growing technology industry.... Number 5: Denver, Colorado The Mile High City scored better than the national averages in all three metrics we analyzed. Residents here make about $45,242 a year, which is the third highest in our top 10.... Continue to keep counting down the ten best cities for job seekers. Number 4: Minneapolis, Minnesota The larger of the Twin Cities, Minneapolis is home to several Fortune 500 companies including Target, U.S. Bancorp, Xcel Energy and Ameriprise Financial. Residents here earn the second-highest median income in our top 10: $45,640 a year.... Number 3: Columbus, Ohio Ohio's state capital makes our list for its low unemployment rate and the relatively affordable median monthly rent of $809. The city's top employers include the federal government, Wal-Mart, Kroger, Ohio State University and JPMorgan Chase & Co.... Continue to keep counting down the ten best cities for job seekers. 2. Fort Worth, Texas Just 30 miles west of Dallas, Fort Worth has a rapidly growing working-age population, with a 10 percent growth rate from 2009 to 2013. More than 22,000 of those employees work for AMR Corp. and American Airlines.... Number 1: Lincoln, Nebraska This Midwest city tops our list largely because it has the lowest unemployment rate in the country. With a median of $722 a month for rent, Lincoln residents pay the least for housing compared with people living in our other top 10 cities....
1. Job availability: We looked at the October 2014 unemployment rates for U.S. metro areas based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. A lower unemployment rate increased a city's overall score.
2. Workforce growth: We considered cities' working-age population growth rate from 2009 to 2013 with data from the U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey. A higher growth rate increased a city's overall score.
3. Affordability: We included median income for full-time workers and median gross monthly rent to determine if a city is affordable. The data for both metrics also came from the American Community Survey. A higher median income and a low median monthly rent increased a city's overall score.
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