3 Things To Take From Forbes’ Best Cities For Jobs 2018 Ranking


Last week Forbes announced its annual ranking of America’s Best Cities for Jobs.* Forbes conducts its research by looking at the short, medium and long-term job creation since 2006 in each city. They also monitor the speed with which a city’s job creation has increased within those years. Here’s what you need to know about the study.

It’s Time To Head South

With more than half of the top 10 cities located in the south, these states are dominating the industry this year. The top contenders, like Dallas and Austin, are seeing strong population growth, which has assisted in considerable job growth.

The Big Cities Are Out

The big dogs in the business industry are taking a back seat this year. New York, Los Angeles and Chicago have all dropped on the list. LA specifically was ranked 48th, with just 1.3% job growth last year.

It’s All About Services

While tech companies are still booming, professional and business services are pulling ahead. In Austin, (No.2) the dominating area in high-wage jobs is professional and business services, with 37.1% growth since 2006.

Check out the 15 best cities for 2018!

  1. Dallas-Plano-Irving, Texas
  2. Austin-Round, Texas
  3. Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin, Tennessee

  4. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California

  5. Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, South Carolina-North Carolina

  6. Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, Florida

  7. Raleigh, North Carolina

  8. San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, California

  9. Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, Washington

  10. Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, California

  11. Salt Lake City, Utah

  12. Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, Colorado

  13. San Antonio-New Braunfels, Texas

  14. Jacksonville, Florida

  15. Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, Oregon-Washington


  1. *The Best Cities For Jobs 2018: Dallas And Austin Lead The Surging South, Joel Kotkin