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Northern Dallas suburb flies high as one of top U.S. cities to find a job

Northern Dallas 'burb flies high as one of top cities to find a job

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Plano ranks No. 10 on WalletHub's 2015 list of best cities to find a job. City of Plano/Facebook

The next time someone tells you to get a job, now you know where to look. According to a new survey by WalletHub, Plano is the 10th best city in the country to find one.

The northern Dallas 'burb is no stranger to lists. And, if you look beyond the top 10, you see more North Texas locales, including Irving (No. 12) and Fort Worth (No. 16). Further down is Dallas, at No. 26.

For its list of the best and worst cities to find a job, WalletHub researchers analyzed 150 of the most populated U.S. cities across 16 key metrics, in buckets they titled "job market" and "socioeconomic environment." The former includes job opportunities, employment growth and median starting salary. The latter includes median annual income, housing affordability and crime rate, as well as "fun" factors like number of restaurant and nightlife options.

Plano ranks No. 1 for median household income (adjusted for cost of living) and No. 2 for highest housing affordability. Folks in Plano are living large.

Here's the list of the 10 best cities to find a job:

  1. Seattle, Washington
  2. Des Moines, Iowa
  3. Gilbert, Arizona
  4. Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  5. Fremont, California
  6. Chandler, Arizona
  7. Omaha, Nebraska
  8. Salt Lake City, Utah
  9. Scottsdale, Arizona
  10. Plano, Texas

No Texas cities rank among the 10 worst (although four in California do: Modesto, Fresno, Moreno Valley and San Bernardino). The worst-ranking Lone Star city is Brownsville, which landed at No. 133 out of 150.