The 10 Best U.S. Cities to Live and Work [Living]

Oh. This cannot be happening. I clicked on San Francisco and nothing happened!!! I had even read the list and would not believe it. How can this be? Could it be someone has found out San Francisco sucks in 4000 ways besides what the media may say? City Hall will not be happy. That means it is not the perfect city of California some assume it to be.


via Lifehacker by Adam Pash on 5/26/09

Personal finance site Kiplinger has released their annual list of the best cities in the United States to live and work. The key this year: It's all about where you can find—and keep—a good job.

View Best Cities for Jobs in a larger map

Go ahead and click on the numbers above for a look at each city on the map. If you don’t care where they are, here’s the quick list:

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

When our numbers guru, Kevin Stolarick, evaluated U.S. cities for their growth potential, he looked not just at the overall number of jobs, but also at the quality of those positions and the ability of cities to hold on to them when the economy softens.

Hit up the Kiplinger link for the full run-down, including stat sheets on each of the cities that made the top 10. If you've spent any time in the cities that made the short list, let's hear more about them—whether or not you think they belong on this list—in the comments. Meanwhile, if this year's list didn't excite you, a quick look at last year’s list may provide some solid alternatives.

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