The 25 best cities for job seekers right now

Jacquelyn Smith

If you've been unsuccessful in your job search, it might be time to start looking in other parts of the country.

But before you pack up and go, you'll want to consider which cities have the best career opportunities, the happiest workers, and the lowest cost of living. 

To help, online careers community Glassdoor just released its latest report on the 25 best cities for jobs right now.

These metro areas stand out for having the highest Glassdoor "Job Score," which was determined by weighting three factors equally: how easy it is to get a job (hiring opportunity), how affordable it is to live there (cost of living), and how satisfied employees are working there (job satisfaction), on a five-point scale.

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25. Nashville, Tennessee

Glassdoor Job Score: 3.1

Number of job openings: 27,850

Median base salary: $41,600

Median home value: $176,700

24. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Glassdoor Job Score: 3.1

Number of job openings: 29,456

Median base salary: $43,000

Median home value: $124,500

Job satisfaction rating: 3.1

23. Richmond, Virginia

Glassdoor Job Score: 3.2

Number of job openings: 17,933

Median base salary: $45,000

Median home value: $186,300

Job satisfaction rating: 3.2

22. Baltimore, Maryland

Glassdoor Job Score: 3.3

Number of job openings: 45,558

Median base salary: $46,000

Median home value: $244,100

Job satisfaction rating: 3.2

21. Houston, Texas

Glassdoor Job Score: 3.3

Number of job openings: 74,442

Median base salary: $52,000

Median home value: $157,900

20. Chicago, Illinois

Glassdoor Job Score: 3.3

Number of job openings: 124,633

Median base salary: $50,000

Median home value: $186,900

19. Indianapolis, Indiana

Glassdoor Job Score: 3.3

Number of job openings: 23,863

Median base salary: $44,000

Median home value: $130,100

18. Memphis, Tennessee

Glassdoor Job Score: 3.4

Number of job openings: 14,776

Median base salary: $42,000

Median home value: $107,000

17. Atlanta, Georgia

Glassdoor job score: 3.5

Number of job openings: 69,642

Median base salary: $49,180

Median home value: $155,200

16. Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota

Glassdoor Job Score: 3.6

Number of job openings: 48,231

Median base salary: $52,000

Median home value: $210,300

15. Boston, Massachusetts

Glassdoor Job Score: 3.6

Number of job openings: 86,565

Median base salary: $56,000

Median home value: $367,600

14. Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas

Glassdoor Job Score: 3.6

Number of job openings: 102,311

Median base salary: $50,000

Median home value: $157,900

13. Columbus, Ohio

Glassdoor Job Score: 3.6

Number of job openings: 25,242

Median base salary: $43,000

Median home value: $146,700

12. San Francisco, California

Glassdoor Job Score: 3.7

Number of job openings: 94,933

Median base salary: $70,000

Median home value: $728,000

11. St. Louis, Missouri

Glassdoor Job Score: 3.7

Number of job openings: 31,365

Median base salary: $45,000

Median home value: $133,200

10. Washington, D.C.

Glassdoor Job Score: 3.7

Number of job openings: 116,770

Median base salary: $61,000

Median home value: $361,200

9. San Antonio, Texas

Glassdoor Job Score: 3.7

Number of job openings: 29,980

Median base salary: $40,000

Median home value: $147,600

8. Louisville, Kentucky

Glassdoor Job Score: 3.7

Number of job openings: 16,295

Median base salary: $40,000

Median home value: $131,100

7. San Jose, California

Glassdoor Job Score:3.7

Number of job openings: 51,439

Median base salary: $99,000

Median home value: $863,800

6. Salt Lake City, Utah

Glassdoor Job Score: 3.8

Number of job openings: 17,970

Median base salary: $44,000

Median home value: $224,000

5. Seattle, Washington

Glassdoor Job Score: 3.9

Number of job openings: 69,423

Median base salary: $70,000

Median home value: $344,700

4. Austin, Texas

Glassdoor Job Score: 3.9

Number of job openings: 33,198

Median base salary: $50,000

Median home value: $226,400

3. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Glassdoor Job Score: 3.9

Number of job openings: 16,759

Median base salary: $38,100

Median home value: $129,400

2. Kansas City, Missouri

Glassdoor Job Score: 3.9

Number of job openings: 28,786

Median base salary: $46,000

Median home value: $138,500

1. Raleigh, North Carolina

Glassdoor Job Score: 4.1

Number of job openings: 24,146

Median base salary: $50,950

Median home value: $198,400

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