Relocate for a Better Job: U.S. Cities With Fastest Job Growth

Clinically Reviewed by Steven Melendy, PsyD. on October 14, 2010

Are you willing to relocate for a better job? Many cities across the U.S. experienced rapid job growth from 2000 to 2009. Here are four cities which are well-worth checking out. Maybe one of them will become your new home.

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  • Sioux Falls, the largest city in South Dakota, gets a consistently high ranking on Money Magazine's list of the best 25 places to live, and it's no wonder, given the city's robust economy and low taxes. The best job opportunities in Sioux Falls are in health care, professional and business services, financial services, and computer software development. Sioux Falls has grown in cultural and ethnic diversity, which is reflected in its variety of ethnic restaurants and grocery stores. It's also packed with 70 city parks and numerous museums, theaters, art galleries, and musical venues.
  • Houston, Texas, the fourth largest city in the U.S., is thriving economically and offers a wealth of job prospects. It houses more Fortune 500 headquarters than any other U.S. city except New York. The best job opportunities are in manufacturing, aeronautics, transportation, professional and business services, financial services, health care, and education. A major metropolitan area, Houston is rich in cultural, educational, and artistic opportunities and has been rated a beta world city because of its influence on business and finance all over the world.
  • Springfield, the third largest city in Missouri, is experiencing an economic boom because of its diverse economy. Indeed, its residents proudly claim that the city has entered its Second Golden Age. Excellent job opportunities are available in manufacturing, health care, education, tourism, and retail. Springfield's downtown area, Center City, has been recently renovated and boasts a host of new and funky retail shops and restaurants. Springfield is widely known as the Cultural Center of the Ozarks and as the Crossroads of Country Music.
  • Cary, North Carolina is part of the Raleigh-Cary Metropolitan Statistical Area, the fastest-growing metropolitan area in the U.S. The Raleigh-Cary MSA is home to the world-famous Research Triangle, which includes numerous high-tech companies that offer career opportunities in research. Cary is recognized, year after year, as one of the top regions in the nation to start a business. If you want to relocate for a better job, you'll find ample opportunities in the region, particularly in financial services, telecommunications, and manufacturing and retail of high-technology equipment. Though Cary's population tops out over 100,000 people, it still retains the name “Town of Cary.”

If you investigate career possibilities in these exciting cities, you might discover the job you've always wanted, just waiting for you to fill it.

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About the Clinical Reviewer

Steven Melendy, PsyD., is a Clinical Psychologist who received his doctorate from The Wright Institute in Berkeley, California. He specializes in using evidence-based approaches in his work with individuals and groups. Steve has worked with diverse populations and in variety of a settings, from community clinics to SF General Hospital. He believes strongly in the importance of self-care, good friendships, and humor whenever possible.

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