Job Report

This Dallas suburb ranks among America's best cities to find a job

This Dallas suburb ranks among America's best cities to find a job

Downtown Plano
Need a job? Head to Plano. Photo courtesy of City of Plano

If you’re looking for a new job, then might we suggest you start your search in Plano. According to a recent best and worst cities for jobs WalletHub report — that’s where the jobs are.

With unemployment at the lowest it’s been since 2007, and businesses looking to hire almost 6 percent more college graduates in 2017 than they did last year, WalletHub conducted a study to determine exactly where college graduates should head to find said jobs.

What they found was that Plano is the No. 2 best city in the country for jobs, surpassed only by Scottsdale, Arizona. Other Texas cities in the top 40 include Dallas at No. 21, Austin at No. 22, and Amarillo at No. 34. San Antonio, Arlington, and Fort Worth show up on the list at Nos. 58, 69, and 77, respectively, while Houston is ranked No. 88.

To identify America’s strongest local job markets, WalletHub’s analysts compared 150 of the most populated cities across 23 key metrics. The data set ranges from “job opportunities” to “employment growth” to “monthly median starting salary.”

The study found that Plano has the second highest median annual income in the country, bested only by Gilbert, Arizona. Plano also has the fewest number of part-time employees (38.04) for every 100 full-time employees, which is 2.6 times fewer than in Tallahassee, Florida — the city with the most at 97.36. 

Of note, though, is that Plano fared among the worst (No. 146) for longest time spent working and commuting.

Austin was No. 1 for the lowest unemployment rate (Bakersfield, California, had the worst). And Plano, Grand Prairie, and Corpus Christi were Nos. 2-4 for most affordable housing.

The three worst place to be looking for a job these days? Fresno and Bakersfield in California, and Detroit.