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Best 30 American Cities For New Jobs

Updated on June 25, 2013
Bismarck ND
Bismarck ND | Source

Career-Level Jobs Available Even During Recessions

The hallmark of these Top 30 Cities offering abundant job opportunities most often centers on a combination of factors. Some of the most important of these effective elements of economic growth are listed below. For suggestions for seeking work in a recession see:

Elements for Economic Growth in a Best City

  • Low Unemployment Rate comparied to state and country.
  • High Standard of Living, comparatively
  • Lower Cost of Living
  • Lower Crime Rate - Often related to coordination od social and healthcare services, counseling, and government related Education & Training programs.
  • Ongoing focus on community and social development programs.
  • Excellent Higher Educational Institutions that have formed partnerships with other schools and or businesses and local governments to create new jobs in local industries and particularly in Sustainability/Alternative Energy.
  • "Going Green" initiatives and local mandates related to reducing waste.
  • A Revitalized central city, Downtown, or waterfront area with ongoing development.
  • An ongoing infrastructure construction and reconstruction program(s).
  • A local Economic Development Company for the metro area, often working with Historical Districts, Enterprise Zones, and other designated areas or neighborhoods.
  • Ongoing development of arts and culture, particularly muticultural projects and projects that promote Indigenous Peoples.

Number One State: North Dakota

Lewis and Clark and Sacagawea are important in North Dakota
Lewis and Clark and Sacagawea are important in North Dakota | Source

The Top 30 List

The Top 4 Cities on this list are all in the West.

  1. Bismarck, North Dakota. Western States are home to cities that are very good for jobs seekers. Bismark experienced Unemployment at 2.5% in late October 2008 and only a small increase in November to 2.8%. Oil field jobs in particular are going unfilled.

Oil Boom In North Dakota

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  • 2. Casper, Wyoming. This city has landed on several "best" and "top" city lists since 2000. With Unemployment at 2.5% in late 2008, Casper offers 1000s of career-level jobs, particularly in Nursing, even looking outside of the state for Registered Nurses (RNs), LPNs, and Licensed Vocational Nurses. Travel Nursing is a good way to try out Casper for up to a year, rent paid. See the links on the article site, along with job listings.
  • 3. Logan, Utah. Low unemployment rates monthly create job opportunities not only in unfilled current jobs, but unfilled newly created jobs as well in this Western State. All of the major cities in Utah are connecting via extending suburban development to create a larger metropolitan chain running north and south near the Wasatch Mountains. This creates dozens of partnerships among city governments, educational institutions, and businesses that result in new businesses and new jobs.
  • 4. Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The Western States offer the top 4 cities in the nation for jobs, according to, one of the most used job search engines in the Internet.

  • 5. Morgantown, West Virginia. The preconception of West Virgina as a run-down rural wasteland has fallen away to reveal the business success that the state has become.
  • 6. Ames, Iowa. Information Technology/Computers, Financial Services & Products, and Healthcare professions lead the growing economy of Ames, Iowa.
  • 7. Fargo, North Dakota. The Fargo-Moorhead Metro Area is prosperous and continuting to grow through the 2000s, with profitable employment forecasts to 2016. High wages are paid to professionals in engineering and several technologies -- Unique businesss found only in this area include some innovative examples specializing in Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, and Information Technology.
  • 8. Iowa City, Iowa. Sustainability is a major focus for new and developing industry in Iowa City. Largest employers are University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, University of Iowa, Iowa City School District, US Veterans Medical Center, American College Testing, and Pearson Education.

Additional Western Cities

  • 24. Dual-State Metro Area: Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, Arkansas-Missouri. Covering psrts of two Midwestern US States and at least three entire cities with their suburbs, this metro has an Economic Development Plan in place and ongoing through 2025, when the population could reach nearly a million people. Largest industies in this metro area are Trade, Manufacturing, and Services, accountign for 2/3 of the area's economy. Sustainability is a key to increasing economies and the creation of new jobs in green businesses in the growing region of America.


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