2.17.2007

Top 25 U.S. Cities for Jobs

Forbes has come out with its Best Cities for Jobs list, and not surprisingly, the top 25 are in the U.S. Southern Tier (my term) and the magazine calls the Southeast-Southwest crescent.

Why? Because the Southern Tier benefits from great weather, lots of land available for development, a relatively low cost of living and a business-friendly tax climate.

(BTW: An added bonus is that most of the cities are also popular Latino destinations. Hint. Hint.)

So, what are the top 25 cities?

#1 Raleigh-Cary, North Carolina
#2 Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, Arizona
#3 Jacksonville, Florida
#4 Orlando-Kissimmee, Florida
#5 Washington, D.C.
#6 Salt Lake City, Utah
#7 Honolulu, Hawaii
#8 Las Vegas-Paradise, Nevada
#9 Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach, Florida
#10 Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, Virginia
#11 Bethesda-Gaithersburg-Frederick, Maryland
#12 Sarasota-Bradenton-Venice, Florida
#13 Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Florida
#14 Richmond, Virginia
#15 Omaha-Council Bluffs, Nebraska
#16 West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Boynton Beach, Florida
#17 Little Rock-North Little Rock, Arkansas
#18 Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro, Tennessee
#19 Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, California
#20 Tucson, Arizona
#21 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
#22 Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, Georgia
#23 Austin-Round Rock, Texas
#24 Albuquerque, New Mexico
#25 Sacramento, California