1. Plano, Texas
Just 20 miles north of Dallas, Plano is the best city in the U.S. for job seekers thanks to its growing economy and affordable housing. According to The Dallas Morning News, Plano is home to several large corporations, including J.C. Penney, Frito-Lay, Pizza Hut, Legacy West and Toyota. The city has a population of roughly a quarter million and, because of its prime location within the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area, there are ample housing opportunities. Best Places reported that the average rent for a two-bedroom apartment in Plano is $913 and over half of all single-family houses are under $300,000.
2. Madison, Wisconsin
If you’re looking for somewhere north of the Mason-Dixon Line, Madison, Wisconsin is another great city for job seekers. Commuting is relatively easy there, and employment rates have experienced a 3.18 percent growth, according to Business Insider. Top industries in the metropolitan area include health care, food processing, manufacturing and information technology, reported Madison Region Economic Partnership. A two-bedroom apartment costs $914 on average and over a quarter of single-family homes are valued between $150,000 and $199,999, according to Best Places. The median income is $50,000.
3. San Jose, California
When it comes to job hunting, the Bay Area city of San Jose is a bit of a double edged sword. It has the greatest number of job openings in the country, but its cost of living is equally high. According to Glassdoor, San Jose has over 61,000 job openings and the median base salary is $112,000. Those high salaries are necessary, because the average two-bedroom apartment costs $1,680 a month and the majority of single-family homes are valued above $500,000, according to Best Places.