20 Cities You Want to Move to for Work This Year

July 28, 2017

9:20 am

Moving for a job used to be a huge decision. Between finding a new house, figuring out your commute, and deciphering the new television stations, relocation used to be a terrible ordeal. But now, primarily thanks to the internet, the burden has been lifted, as real estate websites, Google Maps, and Netflix have made the transition a little easier for those involved.

However, just because relocating is easier now, doesn’t mean new employees are willing to pack up and move anywhere. In fact, according to data from ZipRecruiter, there are a few places that are really piquing the interest of potential employees around the world. And the tops cities on the list will… not surprise you even a little bit.

ZipRecruiter found that most employees are most willing to move to New York or Los Angeles, a fairly standard point of view considering their respective statuses as the tech hubs of the nation. Silicon Alley and Silicon Beach are both on the higher end of the spectrum when it come to median salary, which will hopefully make up for the outrageous cost of these two cities.

A few key takeaways from the data is that, of the top relocation destinations, seven were in the South, six were in the West, six were in the Northeast, and one was in the Midwest (it was Chicago). Apparently people only want to move to cold weather cities if they’ve got a big slice of deep dish pizza to keep you warm. Well, that and the third highest opportunity index in the top 20, barely losing out to Denver and Boston.

If you want to see where people are interested in moving, make sure to check out the rest of the list below and visit the full report from ZipRecruiter here.

New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA

  • Opportunity Index: 0.66
  • Median home listing price: $479,000
  • Median salary: $62,200

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA

  • Opportunity Index: 0.82
  • Median home listing price: $725,000
  • Median salary: $57,300

Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD

  • Opportunity Index: 0.77
  • Median home listing price: $249,900
  • Median salary: $54,500

San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA

  • Opportunity Index: 0.87
  • Median home listing price: $907,400
  • Median salary: $76,800

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV

  • Opportunity Index: 0.65
  • Median home listing price: $463,300
  • Median salary: $65,800

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX

  • Opportunity Index: 0.68
  • Median home listing price: $352,500
  • Median salary: $47,200

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA

  • Opportunity Index: 0.59
  • Median home listing price: $299,900
  • Median salary: $52,300

Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL-IN-WI

  • Opportunity Index: 0.88
  • Median home listing price: $289,000
  • Median salary: $55,700

Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA

  • Opportunity Index: 0.74
  • Median home listing price: $375,000
  • Median salary: $43,300

Baltimore-Towson, MD

  • Opportunity Index: 0.67
  • Median home listing price: $309,900
  • Median salary: $54,200

Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA-NH

  • Opportunity Index: 0.95
  • Median home listing price: $499,000
  • Median salary: $64,300

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA

  • Opportunity Index: 0.69
  • Median home listing price: $999,500
  • Median salary: $85,800

Orlando-Kissimmee, FL

  • Opportunity Index: 0.59
  • Median home listing price: $297,800
  • Median salary: $46,600

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, FL

  • Opportunity Index: 0.55
  • Median home listing price: $379,500
  • Median salary: $50,700

Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX

  • Opportunity Index: 0.46
  • Median home listing price: $319,300
  • Median salary: $55,600

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL

  • Opportunity Index: 0.73
  • Median home listing price: $268,200
  • Median salary: $48,100

Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT

  • Opportunity Index: 0.46
  • Median home listing price: $725,000
  • Median salary: $61,300

Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord, NC-SC

  • Opportunity Index: 0.81
  • Median home listing price: $336,500
  • Median salary: $51,600

San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA

  • Opportunity Index: 0.79
  • Media home listing price: $677,000
  • Median salary: $58,200

Denver-Aurora, CO

  • Opportunity Index: 0.98
  • Median home listing price: $518,500
  • Median salary: $58,400

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Conor is a writer, comedian and world-renowned sweetheart. As the Senior Writer at Tech.Co, he’s written about everything from Kickstarter campaigns and budding startups to tech titans and innovative technologies. His background in stand-up comedy made him the perfect person to host Startup Night at SXSW and the Funding Q&A at Innovate! and Celebrate, posing questions to notable tech minds from around the world. In his spare time, he thinks about how to properly pronounce the word "colloquially." Conor is the Senior Writer at Tech.Co. You can email him at conor@tech.co.

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