A recent study of the best Texas towns for job seekers shows that Dallas-Fort Worth is booming for those looking for work. The study, conducted by consumer finance website NerdWallet.com, found that half of the 10 best cities for finding jobs are right here in town.
To devise the rankings, Nerdwallet used information from the U.S. Census and the Bureau of Labor Statistics on population growth, unemployment rates and median income. League City in Galveston County was ranked No. 1, but Allen took silver, thanks to strong population growth and low unemployment. Allen Independent School District received mention as the biggest employer for the city, further cementing Allen as a great town for raising a family.
McKinney and Grand Prairie made the fourth and fifth spots. McKinney has seen tremendous growth over the last decade, doubling its population between 2000 and 2010. A large portion of jobs are in the tech, medical and manufacturing industries for companies like Torchmark and StatLab.
Grand Prairie’s location near DFW Airport makes it a hot spot for companies like Lockheed Martin and Bell Helicopter. Irving is No. 8, thanks to a large variety of companies, including ExxonMobil, BlackBerry, Verizon, Citigroup and Allstate.
The last North Texas town is also the largest on the list. Plano took the dime spot for having a diversified portfolio of finance, tech, medicine and software companies such as McAfee, Capital One, and the Medical Center of Plano. Other cities on the list are Sugar Land, Midland, Edinburg and Bryan.