The highest-scoring city on the list is Miami, Florida, which topped all other metro areas with a score of 89.2 out of a 100. When compared to all the other cities Indeed examined – of which there were 50 total – Miami placed in the 82nd percentile in terms of job opportunities, which Indeed gauges by finding out whether the ratio of job postings from employers to clicks from job candidates is in favor of the latter.
Employers within Miami were rated so highly that the city wound up in the 100th percentile in the categories of work-life balance, and job security and advancement. The only area where the city did not score well was in the salary versus cost of living category, where it wound up in the eighth percentile, which means 92% of the other cities scored better.
In second place on the list we find another Florida city: Orlando. The Orlando area ranked in the 98th percentile in terms of job market favorability, the 84th percentile in work-life balance, and the 94th percentile in job security and advancement. Salary versus cost-of-living placed the city in the 18th percentile, so a dollar stretches further there than in Miami.
Raleigh, North Carolina, is in third place in the ranking, thanks to the strong performance of its job market (100th percentile) and salary versus cost of living (65th percentile). Employers in Raleigh put the city in the 39th percentile in the work-life balance category, and the 35th percentile in job security and advancement.
The top 15 cities on the list are all in the south, southwest or the west of the country and Indeed Senior VP noted the strong performance of cities in Florida, Texas and southern California. “The Sun Belt continues to be a region of high-growth and opportunity as companies and workers alike have moved toward strong job markets,” he said.