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Kudos to Cowtown for nearly topping this list of U.S. job hubs

Kudos to Cowtown for nearly topping this list of U.S. job hubs

Sundance Square in Fort Worth
According to NerdWallet, Fort Worth is the second-best city for job seekers. Photo courtesy of Bamboo Leasing
Austin, Texas, skyline, downtown
Austin also ranks highly, at No. 7. Ed Schipul/Flickr
Las Colinas business district in North Irving
Irving slid in at No. 20 on NerdWallet's list of best cities for job seekers. Irving CVB/Facebook
Sundance Square in Fort Worth
Austin, Texas, skyline, downtown
Las Colinas business district in North Irving

We are totally biased here, but Texas is a pretty great place to live, at least as far as jobs and housing are concerned. And the latest from NerdWallet confirms it, as Texas claims six of the 20 spots on the 2015 list of best cities for job seekers, including Fort Worth at No. 2.

Joining Cowtown in the top 10 is Austin, which takes the No. 7 slot. (There are so few lists Austin doesn’t make.) Laredo comes in at No. 12, followed by Corpus Christi at 15, Lubbock at 18 and Irving at 20.

To determine the top cities to find employment, the nerds crunched the numbers for the nation’s 100 largest cities using the following:

  • November 2014 unemployment rates based on Bureau of Labor Statistics data
  • Working-age population growth from 2009-2013 based on U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey
  • Affordability, i.e., median income for full-time workers compared to median gross monthly rent

The methodology differed slightly from 2014’s, when Austin was No. 1, Fort Worth was No. 3, San Antonio was No. 10, Dallas was No. 13, Arlington was No. 16 and Houston was No. 18. For example, working-age population growth vs. overall population growth, and median rent vs. monthly homeowner costs.

If all of this sounds familiar, well, it is. Another site, WalletHub, also put out a list of best cities to find jobs, and Plano landed at No. 10, according to that criteria. Irving and Fort Worth also made the top 20, at Nos. 12 and 16, respectively, while Austin was No. 37.

Lubbock, Corpus Christi and Laredo didn’t do so hot, coming in at Nos. 45, 57 and 94, respectively, out of 100.