Are you looking for a job? Are you willing to move? If so, you may want to consider the capital city of the Lone Star State, Austin. The city of Austin, Texas was named the best city in the nation for job seekers by NerdWallet.com. The website assessed 26 cities in four categories: population growth, income, unemployment rate and the cost of living. Austin came out on top with an 85.2 job seeker score.
“With the highest percent growth in population and the lowest unemployment rate, Austin is a clear winner as the best choice for job seekers. The median income is moderately high, and the cost of living is low. Job seekers should check out this fast-growing city, particularly for jobs in the burgeoning tech industry.”
Austin is the home to Dell’s headquarters and Apple, Google and IBM all have offices in the city. The presence of these tech giants have led some to name Austin as a mini-Silicon Valley. Austin is also the home of Whole Foods and was named one of MNN’s top 10 green U.S. cities.
NerdWallet.com reports that Austin’s population growth is 3.8 percent, the median income is $31,170, the unemployment rate is only 6.2 percent and the median rent on a 2-bedroom apartment is $968. With a cost of living index of 94.4, it is less expensive to live in Austin than it is to live in the average American city.
Austin wasn’t the only Texas city on NerdWallet’s top 10 best cities for job seekers list. Houston came in fifth, Fort Worth was a step behind in sixth, Dallas earned the number seven spot and San Antonio was ranked ninth. Yes, that is five Texas cities on this top 10 list.
The Texas capital also earned a spot on NerdWallet’s list of the best cities for recent college graduates. Austin was ranked eighth based on criteria that is a bit more relevant to the Millennial crowd:
- Percent of residents aged 18 – 24: 14.5 percent
- Bars per 1,000 people - .44
- Walkability score – 46.7
- 12” Pizza Hut pizza cost - $10
- 6-pack of Heineken cost - $8.16