Recently, Forbes magazine published a much-needed list of the ten best cities to live and work in as a young professional. Many people feel discouraged by the U.S. unemployment rate. That’s why we have decided to provide you with more info on this topic. Our list will examine the top employers and neighborhoods for young professionals in each Forbes city. So, check out our list, and let us know if you’re considering a career-fueled move to any of these ten cities (or anywhere else for that matter).
10. Inland Empire Area, California
Forget the tech boom. That was years ago! Nowadays, distribution, warehousing, and manufacturing are the top hiring industries for young professionals in California. If you’re looking to move to Riverside, you may wish to consider Temecula (in South Riverside County), the West End of Hemet, north of Lake Elsinore, Corona, Beaumont, and Murrieta. Some of the best employers in the area include the University of California, Riverside, the Riverside Unified School District, AT&T, and Kaiser Permanente.
09. New York, New York
If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere. It doesn’t get much more diverse (or competitive) than good old New York. At the moment, opportunities for young professionals in service, fashion, finance, and technology are thriving in the City that Never Sleeps. Yes, affordable housing is an issue. However, you can still luck out in neighborhoods such as Battery Park City, Greenpoint, Prospect Heights, and even Manhattan’s Lower East Side. The top organizations to work for in NYC include HBO, Winthrop University, Colgate-Palmolive, Google, and Rutgers University. This list could go on. There’s plenty more to choose from.
08. Hudson Valley/Westchester County, New York
The Hudson Valley/Westchester County area in the state of New York is just perfect for fresh graduates and other new additions to the workforce. The area really appeals to individuals looking for a career in the service industry, finance, healthcare, or manufacturing. In terms of living conditions, the area is now better suited for families. Young professionals might find neighborhoods along the river more to their liking (such as Dobbs Ferry or Hastings-on-Hudson for instance). Diverse communities such as Larchmont or Pelham may also appeal to younger people. Bear in mind, the workforce in the Hudson Valley area is one of the best educated in the whole country. It is only appropriate that several Fortune 500 companies would be located here (IBM, PepsiCo, Nokia, ITT, Fuji, etc.).
07. Charlotte, North Carolina
Are you a techie? Want to work in construction? Considering a career in manufacturing? That’s a pretty diverse selection. Charlotte, NC might be just the place for you! They’ve got quite a lot of neighborhoods suitable for young professionals: South End, Uptwon, Dilworth, Elizabeth, Plaza-Midwood, etc. The traffic is an issue in this city. So keep that in mind before you move in. In terms of the best companies to work for, you might want to consider Balfour, UNC Charlotte, Siemens, Microsoft, or SABIC.
06. Miami, Florida
Welcome to Miami. But remember, you’re here for the career opportunities (not just the party atmosphere). Currently, construction, healthcare, service, aerospace, and leisure/hospitality rank as the city’s top hiring industries. Some top companies to work for include the NFL, Broward College, TekPartners, and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. Finding an affordable area to live in might seem daunting at first. Make sure you check out young, professional-friendly neighborhoods such as Brickell (although it’s not that affordable), Delray Beach, and downtown West Palm Beach. Watch out for the traffic if you’re moving in from the west coast!
05. Columbus, Ohio
Manufacturing, technology and service industry professionals abound in Columbus. They’re hiring. ‘They’ (i.e. the best companies to work for in the area) are Thirty-One Gifts, SBC, Ohio University, and Worthington Industries. Polaris and Lewis Center are great areas for young professionals, as is Delaware (with its plethora of campuses), Grove City, and the King-Lincoln District.
04. Jacksonville, Florida
The Sunshine State is particularly welcoming for young professionals. This is especially the case if they’re looking for a job in services, finance, or healthcare. What are some of the best companies to work for? The Mayo Clinic, Baptist Primary Care, Riverside, HVAC, and the University of Florida of course. You’ll find a good mix of activities, prices, and housing conditions in Riverside/Avondale, San Marco, Jacksonville Beach, and Downtown. These are great areas to live in for an upwardly mobile young professional like you.
03. Houston, Texas
Considering a career in healthcare, logistics, transportation, or business services? Then Houston Texas, might just be the place for you. This is a great town for young professionals. If you’re thinking of moving to Houston and want to be surrounded by likeminded folks, check out West University Place, Eastwood, Linkwood, and Hunters Creek Village. The top companies to work for include E0G Resources, Cheniere Energy, Hotze Health & Wellness Center, and Freese and Nichols.
02. Madison, Wisconsin
The local employment rate seems to be soaring right now. The unemployment rate here stands at a low 4.7 percent. To boot, the costs of living are also very affordable. The top hiring industries include manufacturing, healthcare, and professional services. The best neighborhoods in this hotspot destination for young professionals are First Settlement, The Marquette, Bay Creek, and Monroe-Dudgeon. Some of the city’s top companies to work for are Denise Quade Design, Creative Marketing Specialists, and Century 21 Affiliated.
01. Austin, Texas
Austin Texas is an oasis with its high employment rate. In Austin Texas, the unemployment rate is only 4.4 percent. This rate is nearly better than the average US employment rate by two whole percentage points. In Austin, they’re hiring in customer services, as well as in business, professional services, and leisure/hospitality. If you’re looking for a job, try Austin Community College, the University of Texas at Austin, Gables Residential, and BBVA. As for the top neighborhoods for young professional, Downtown tops the list. This is followed by Clarksville, SoCo, and S First.
Well, there you have it. Our list of Forbes ‘certified’ cities to live in (along with our reasons for living there). If you have other cities you’d like to be considered as top cities for young professionals, tell us on our Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/JobDescriptionsnet/319506904812368?ref=hl