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The 25 best US cities for aspiring #bossladies to shine


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Being a small fish in a big pond like New York or LA can be tough: You’re constantly competing for only a handful of different positions, and it’s easy to get overshadowed by the millions of other go-getters who surround you on a daily basis. Luckily, there are plenty of other cities where you can fully express your inner career rock star.

“These areas stand out for offering some of the greatest job prospects along with a lower cost of living that allows more employees to live comfortably.”

Glassdoor just released the top 25 best cities for jobs based on affordability, openings, and job satisfaction—and the top contenders might surprise you. Instead of rushing off to a bigger market city—even though the buzzy new fitness boutiques may tend to land in those locales first—venturing somewhere midsize might be the more prosperous choice: Most of the cities on the list have upwards of 100,000 job openings each year.

“When it comes to finding the best city for jobs, bigger doesn’t necessarily mean better,” Glassdoor chief economist Andrew Chamberlain, PhD, told Time. “These areas stand out for offering some of the greatest job prospects along with a lower cost of living that allows more employees to live comfortably.”

So, where are these magical cities that both offer cool jobs and a great places to live? Many are in the Midwest, but they’re scattered all across the country. And don’t worry, city slickers—cosmopolitan stalwarts like Washington, DC, and Chicago made the cut.

Or, you could venture to British Columbia to seek out a covetable wellness role at Lululemon’s job fair in Vancouver on September 21!

Here are the top 25 cities for aspiring #bossladies to shine.

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1. Pittsburgh, PA

Job Openings: 95,399
Median Base Salary: $44,000
Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.2/5
Median Home Value: $137,400

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2. Indianapolis, IN

Job Openings: 80,561
Median Base Salary: $43,000
Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.3/5
Median Home Value: $138,100

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3. Kansas City, MO

Job Openings: 90,649
Median Base Salary: $45,000
Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.3/5
Median Home Value: $159,400

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4. Raleigh-Durham, NC

Job Openings: 65,810
Median Base Salary: $50,000
Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.4/5
Median Home Value: $228,200

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5. St. Louis, MO

Job Openings: 104,725
Median Base Salary: $45,600
Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.4/5
Median Home Value: $148,600

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6. Memphis, TN

Job Openings: 42,347
Median Base Salary: $41,200
Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.3/5
Median Home Value: $119,700

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7. Columbus, OH

Job Openings: 78,370
Median Base Salary: $45,000
Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.4/5
Median Home Value: $162,500

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8. Cincinnati, OH

Job Openings: 79,554
Median Base Salary: $44,637
Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.3/5
Median Home Value: $152,600

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9. Cleveland, OH

Job Openings: 66,410
Median Base Salary: $43,000
Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.3/5
Median Home Value: $134,600

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10. Louisville, KY

Job Openings: 49,213
Median Base Salary: $40,138
Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.3/5
Median Home Value: $148,600

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11. Birmingham, AL

Job Openings: 40,123
Median Base Salary: $38,000
Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.3/5
Median Home Value: $133,400

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12. Detroit, MI

Job Openings: 119,567
Median Base Salary: $46,344
Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.3/5
Median Home Value: $141,000

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13. Minneapolis–St. Paul, MN

Job Openings: 151,656
Median Base Salary: $52,000
Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.4/5
Median Home Value: $247,400

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14. Hartford, CT

Job Openings: 46,274
Median Base Salary: $55,000
Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.3/5
Median Home Value: $223,100

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15. Oklahoma City, OK

Job Openings: 43,898
Median Base Salary: $36,000
Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.4/5
Median Home Value: $134,900

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16. Washington, DC

Job Openings: 293,481
Median Base Salary: $62,000
Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.5/5
Median Home Value: $382,600

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17. Seattle, WA

Job Openings: 187,741
Median Base Salary: $65,000
Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.5/5
Median Home Value: $447,100

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18. Atlanta, GA

Job Openings: 195,021
Median Base Salary: $46,000
Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.4/5
Median Home Value: $179,900

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19. Baltimore, MD

Job Openings: 123,370
Median Base Salary: $48,000
Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.4/5
Median Home Value: $261,000

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20. Nashville, TN

Job Openings: 80,192
Median Base Salary: $42,000
Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.4/5
Median Home Value: $220,100

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21. Milwaukee, WI

Job Openings: 63,772
Median Base Salary: $46,000
Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.2/5
Median Home Value: $215,500

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22. San Jose, CA

Job Openings: 106,809
Median Base Salary: $100,000
Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.5/5
Median Home Value: $1,013,700

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23. Chicago, IL

Job Openings: 332,546
Median Base Salary: $50,000
Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.3/5
Median Home Value: $211,200

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24. Charlotte, NC

Job Openings: 78,285
Median Base Salary: $45,000
Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.3/5
Median Home Value: $174,800

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25. Dallas–Fort Worth, TX

Job Openings: 249,235
Median Base Salary: $49,000
Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.4/5
Median Home Value: $211,000

This is one surprising way to get ahead in your career you probably haven’t tried yet. And the next time you need a career boost, look to your astrological sign for guidance.