Most ‘livable’ U.S. cities for workers

Considering relocating your business or opening a new office in another city? The choice can be tough, but

if you care about how livable a new town might be, check out these new rankings from the online career consultants at

Their rankings tout the American cities that offer the most overall value — to both business and employees. And if you consider contented employees more productive and less costly to manage, the livability of a site could translate into a better bottom line.

The folks at picked their top choices for U.S. cities based on factors that focus not just on lifestyle and general livability, but also on how the economy has hit employment and wages.

Their criteria  included:

  • City growth rates, average salaries and costs of living.
  • Average commute time — which, according to experts, has a hugel impact on overall happiness.
  • Unemployment figures and  the rate that unemployment has actually increased since February 2008.

And the winners are:

  1. Austin, TX
  2. San Antonio, TX
  3. Salt Lake City, UT
  4. Oklahoma City, OK
  5. Raleigh-Cary Metropolitan Area, NC
  6. Seattle, WA
  7. Rochester, NY
  8. Portland, OR
  9. Denver, CO
  10. Honolulu, HI
  11. Nashville, TN
  12. Virginia Beach, VA
  13. Kansas City, MO
  14. Pittsburgh, PA
  15. Charlotte, NC
  16. Boston, MA
  17. Buffalo, NY
  18. Columbus, OH
  19. Indianapolis, IN
  20. St. Louis, MO
  21. Hartford, CT
  22. Louisville, KY
  23. Cincinnati, OH
  24. Philadelphia, PA
  25. San Diego, CA

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