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California Cities with the Most Opportunities for Jobs, Relocation, and Travel Attractions

Updated on May 29, 2013
Mount San Antonio in the San Gabriel Mountains, Los Angeles County.
Mount San Antonio in the San Gabriel Mountains, Los Angeles County. | Source

California Jobs

I received a question: "Where is a good place to move to have access to more jobs?" - asked by money4tee.

In mid-January 2011, California job listings via all sources on the Internet numbered over 530,580 vacancies. In addition, a certain number of jobs existed in the unadvertised or hidden job market. That number is unknown, but is surely far fewer than the advertised positions.

At the same time, America is suffering at least 12 or 14 Million Unemployed job seekers while offering only 5 Million some job listings other than the hidden market. We do not have enough jobs for all our job seekers, so this fact forces job seekers into higher and more intense competition for job interviews. There are jobs, but job seekers must fight for them, so to speak.

While the link above leads to a portal for California top cities, job listings, employment trends, tourist attractions, and other materials; it highlights mainly cities named as "Best Cities" or "Fastest-Growing Cities" by a variety of organizations and financial magazines like, CNNMoney, Kiplinger, and several others. California also is home to several cities that provide equally good options, but have not yet, or least often, been pronounced "best" cities.

California Cities Listing the Largest Numbers of Jobs

Any of the following cities, all of which offer the largest blocks of jobs out of the even larger number available as advertised in California, might be a good place to move for work. Suburbs around these cities may provide not only their own jobs, but a lower cost of living as well. Jobs advertised are from thousands of sites across the Internet and aggregated by and job search engines. Cities showing the largest job increases below are inn bold print.

  1. Los Angeles, CA -- Jobs decreased slightly in numbers listed over the 18 months that included May1, 2009 - November 30, 2010. Job Listings showed some increase during 1st QTR 2012,
  2. San Francisco, CA -- Jobs increased an incredible 88%. Further, San Francisco is the home for the headquarters of several major companies, one being our own HubPages.
  3. San Diego, CA -- Job numbers are stable.
  4. San Jose, CA -- Job listings advertised increased 22%.
  5. Sacramento, CA -- Job listings increased 13%.
  6. Irvine, CA -- Job listings increased 36%.
  7. Santa Clara, CA -- Job listings increased 41%
  8. Oakland, CA -- Increase of 86% in job listings.
  9. Mountain View, CA -- Job listings increased 167% from May 1, 2009 - Nov. 30, 2010.
  10. Sunnyvale, CA -- Job Listings increased 38% in the same 18 months.
  11. Palo Alto, CA -- Jobs increased 8%
  12. Fresno, CA -- Jobs decreased 13% - Even though job listings decreased, this city is among the top 15 job posters on and
  13. Bakersfield, CA -- Jobs decreased 17% - Still in the top 15 for jobs.
  14. Pasadena, CA -- Jobs increased 59%.
  15. Anaheim, CA -- Job numbers are stable.

City reviews, job openings, and employment trends are offered at the links below for most of the cities listed above.

Buick Skylark visits Mountain View

1953 Buick Roadmaster Skylark Series 70 Model 76X 2-door Convertible Coupe. PD, public domain. Photo by John D. Love, 4/26/03, Mountain View, California. Released into public domain.
1953 Buick Roadmaster Skylark Series 70 Model 76X 2-door Convertible Coupe. PD, public domain. Photo by John D. Love, 4/26/03, Mountain View, California. Released into public domain. | Source

Mountain View CA Jobs

Mountain View is the home of Google.

From 2011 to early 2012, the Top 10 High Demand Jobs within 25 miles of Mountain View were:

  1. Software Engineers and Developers
  2. Senior Software Engineers
  3. Project Managers
  4. Product Managers
  5. Physical Therapists
  6. Account Executives
  7. Web Developers
  8. Java Developers
  9. Account Managers
  10. Business Analysts

Mountain View: The Google Gate Bridge

Google Gate Bridge, Mountain View CA:
Google Gate Bridge, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA

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Pasadena Area High Demand Jobs

  1. Dental Assistants
  2. General Dentists
  3. Office Managers
  4. Occupational Therapists
  5. Project Managers
  6. Administrative Assistants
  7. Physical Therapists
  8. Sales Representatives
  9. Account Executives
  10. Dental Hygienists
  11. Registered Nurses (RNs)
  12. Outside Sales Representatives
  13. Assistant Store Managers
  14. Software Engineers
  15. Orthodontic Assistants

Pasadena and Anaheim are ~35 Miles Apart

Pasadena, CA, USA

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Anaheim, CA, USA

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Anaheim Area High Demand Jobs

  1. General Dentists
  2. Dental Assistants
  3. Office Managers
  4. Physical Therapists
  5. Project Managers
  6. Occupational Therapists
  7. Inside and Outside Sales Representatives
  8. Administrative Assistants
  9. Front Desk Staff
  10. Registered Nurses (RNs)
  11. Dental Hygienists
  12. Customer Service Representatives
  13. Salespeople
  14. Business Analysts
  15. Assistant Store Managers


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    • cheapestinsurance profile image


      6 years ago from California, USA

      Nice to know where the hot spots are! Great tips.

    • crystolite profile image


      7 years ago from Houston TX

      Great job opportunity prospect for the state of California.How I wish I will be there to get any of the best Jobs so far.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      7 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      This is good news, certainly, for California after all the financial struggles the state has suffered. Much congratulations!

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      7 years ago

      This hub really caught my attention, because I was looking to relocate to California, and ironically, I applied for jobs in the California and receive five job interview opportunities. So, my own personal experience in getting five job interviews in California, really corroborates the information contained in this hub.

    • Support Med. profile image

      Support Med. 

      7 years ago from Michigan

      Great job prospects for the state of California. v/r

    • Hello, hello, profile image

      Hello, hello, 

      7 years ago from London, UK

      I have just read you wonderful, wonderful comment on my fan mail and was surprised to received such a high praise from such professional writer like you. You will never know how encouraging this is. Thank you so very much. I love writing, reading and learning but whether it is what my readers like it that question is always at the back of my mind. Therefore you comment is very reassuring. Thank you again.

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      7 years ago from Australia

      i would love to move to the U.S.A and work. Is there much work for archaeologists or historians?


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