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Kiplinger’s 10 Best Cities (it’s all about the jobs)

By JLP | May 26, 2009

Here’s a quick look at Kiplinger’s 10 Best Cities for Jobs. I’m surprised that only one city from Texas made the list. Click on each city to go to Kiplinger’s write-up on each city.

No. 1: Huntsville, Alabama

No. 2: Albuquerque, New Mexico

No. 3: Washington D.C.

No. 4: Charlottesville, Virginia

No. 5: Athens, Georgia

No. 6: Olympia, Washington

No. 7: Madison, Wisconsin

No. 8: Austin, Texas

No. 9: Flagstaff, Arizona

No. 10: Raleigh, North Carolina

Topics: Miscellaneous | 5 Comments »


5 Responses to “Kiplinger’s 10 Best Cities (it’s all about the jobs)”

  1. pfretirement Says:
    May 26th, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    I took the quiz from the site and was pretty happy with the results. It confirmed that I should be living back in my home state.
    Sorting the list by cost of living, it's amazing to see how expensive some of these cities are in relation to their median income.

  2. Dave Says:
    May 27th, 2009 at 1:29 am

    It is pretty strange that only one Texas city was listed. In a recent article (http://www.forbes.com/2009/04/14/best-cities-for-… the top five on the top ten list of large cities, two on the top ten list of medium cities, and five on the top ten list of small cities are in Texas. It is a pretty good sign that business conditions are good in the state of Texas.

  3. Philip Says:
    May 27th, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    Flagstaff AZ? Isn't AZ where some of the biggest problems are? What about Albuquerque, NM? Sure it would be a nice place to live in my opinion but not a strong market to bring in new employment.

    I think whoever put this list together was not looking at the details they should have.

  4. LOL Says:
    May 27th, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    Dave: That forbes list puts Odessa, TX at the top — which is scary for me. I visited Odessa a few years ago (4-5?) and the place was a ghost town — grocery stores boarded up, only family in a restaurant, etc. Odessa's population is directly tied to the price of a barrel of oil (it's a boom -n- bust town).

    When looking at lists like these, you really need to understand the underlying factors in how the cities are ranked. In the case with the forbes list — the ranking are weighted very heavily to the population growth (percentage) in 2008. Of course Odessa went from bust to boom (esp in 2008) due to oil prices…but it can just as quickly bust again.

    The kiplinger's list makes more sense to me as the analyst actually tried to gauge the cities ability to retain the jobs that they grow (probably why Odessa is not on the kiplinger list).

  5. Dennis Says:
    May 28th, 2009 at 12:35 am

    I've lived all over the US but moved to Huntsville five years ago. This city is amazing! But the secret is getting out.

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