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The 20 Best Cities to Land a New Job in 2016

If a new job is among your New Year’s resolutions for 2016, we’ve got you covered. Results of a recent report by WalletHub, an online personal finance resource launched in 2013 reveal the top 20 cities where you’re most likely to land a great new gig.

To narrow down the list, researchers compared the nation’s most populous cities, ranking them based on 17 various metrics including the number of job opportunities, employment growth and monthly median salary. Safety, recreational opportunities, affordable housing and family-friendliness also were factors.

And the winners, along with the median annual income and percentage employment growth over the past year, are:

  1. Plano, Texas: Median annual income, $83,697; employment growth, 3.51 percent
  2. Overland Park, Kansas: Median annual income, $72,231; employment growth, 0.77 percent
  3. Austin, Texas: Median annual income, $58,368; employment growth, 0.80 percent
  4. Irving, Texas: Median annual income, $52,275; employment growth, 1.03 percent
  5. Salt Lake City, Utah: Median annual income, $48,552; employment growth, -1.21 percent
  6. Des Moines, Iowa: Median annual income, $50,467; employment growth, 4.38 percent
  7. Irvine, California: Median annual income, $62,372; employment growth, 1.81 percent
  8. Madison, Wisconsin: Median annual income, $50,405; employment growth, 3.18 percent
  9. Sioux Falls, South Dakota: Median annual income, $44,965; employment growth, -0.84 percent
  10. Omaha, Nebraska: Median annual income, $55,211; employment growth, -1.48 percent
  11. Boise, Idaho: Median annual income, $51,963; employment growth, 4.57 percent
  12. Denver, Colorado: Median annual income, $48,186; employment growth, 1.68 percent
  13. Amarillo, Texas: Median annual income, $53,960; employment growth, 0.49 percent
  14. Minneapolis, Minnesota: Median annual income, $53,960; employment growth, -0.15 percent
  15. San Francisco, California: Median annual income, $46,793; employment growth, 2.38 percent
  16. Scottsdale, Arizona: Median annual income, $75,317; employment growth, -0.12 percent
  17. Freemont, California: Median annual income, $63,376, employment growth, 0.81 percent
  18. Lincoln, Nebraska: Median annual income, $54,960; employment growth, -0.38 percent
  19. Seattle, Washington: Median annual income, $53,085; employment growth, 0.74 percent
  20. Chandler, Arizona: Median annual income, $74,919; employment growth, 0.39 percent

If a move to or from the Washington, DC metropolitan area for a new job is in your future, call McKendree Moving & Storage at 800-530-2626.