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The 5 Best Cities for Jobs and Not Much Else in 2017

November 20, 2017

Everyone struggles with the decision of where they should move for work. If you’re like most people, you dream of a job in a cool and exciting city like New York City or San Francisco. But unless you’re ready to split a studio apartment with 3 students in film school, you may need to expand your search.


Instead of focusing on the larger cities, job hunters should consider the nation’s smaller metropolises. These cities offer a low cost of living due to real estate availability and lack of night life or any distinct culture. Once you’re ready to settle for the Midwest, take a look at our list of the 5 Best Cities for Jobs and Not Much Else in 2017.



1. Columbus, OH


Job Openings: 79,000


Median Base Salary: $45,000


Better Cities in Ohio that Start with “C”: 2


Located in the heart of Ohio, Columbus is home to many jobs in academia, healthcare, and manufacturing. When your friends come to visit, take them to watch the Ohio State Buckeyes on Saturday. After that, your guess is as good as ours.



2. Minneapolis, MN


Job Openings: 125,000


Median Base Salary: $52,000


Investment for Surviving 5 Month Winter: $17,000


The largest city in the “Land of 10,000 Lakes”, Minneapolis is home to 929 metro area lakes. And despite its nickname, Minnesota itself actually has 11,842 lakes. If you make the move to Minneapolis, these lake facts should be enough mindless bullshit to get you through your first phone call from your parents.



3. Pittsburgh, PA


Job Openings: 80,000


Median Base Salary: $47,000


Average LDL Cholesterol: 195 mg/dL


Pittsburgh is one of the fastest growing cities in the nation, and is a great city to consider for any sports fans. The Pittsburgh Steelers have the most Super Bowl wins of any team in the NFL, which is a fun thing to remind yourself during your $80 Uber ride to the airport.



4. Kansas City, MO


Job Openings: 90,000


Median Base Salary: $42,000


Number of Restaurants Claiming “Best Ribs in the Nation”: 73


The largest city in Missouri, Kansas City is a growing hub for jobs in several different industries. Despite its humble perception, Kansas City is often referred to as the “Paris of the Plains” by residents who have likely never left their zip code.



5. Indianapolis, IN


Job Openings: 75,000


Median Base Salary: $52,000


Commute Time from Your Swank Apartment in Chicago: Ha.


Indianapolis strikes a great balance between affordability and job opportunities. Each year, Indianapolis hosts 300,000 visitors for the Indy 500, and 2,700 bachelorette parties from Fort Wayne that have needed this weekend for a long time.



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