San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York… The mere mention of these American metropolises nourishes the ambition of expatriation of many young French people, very many dreaming of settling in the United States. But contrary to appearances, it is not in these cities that one lives and works best in the country of Uncle Sam.
The American weekly U.S News & World Report has just ranked the most interesting cities to settle in among the 125 most populous American cities. The top 10 reveals some surprises.
The American newspaper used a methodology based on indices of the job market (unemployment rate + average salary), prices (annual median household income + annual cost of living), quality of life (crime + quality of health + quality of education + well-being + travel time), attractiveness, or even migration.
1. Austin, Texas
With an average of 7.7 out of 10, the metropolis of the southwest of the Texas state comes first in the cities where to settle. With nearly 2 million inhabitants and an unemployment rate of around 3.2%, the capital of Texas benefits from a strong cultural offer with numerous festivals, including the South by Southwest, whose influence now exceeds very far national borders. The job market is also dynamic, driven in part by the “Silicon Hills”, a tech hub where Google and a few investors are well established. The University of Texas campus, one of the largest in the country, has nearly 50,000 students.
2.Colorado Springs, Colorado
With a general average of 7.6 out of 10, Colorado Springs takes second place in the ranking. A medium-sized city in the United States, with just under 700,000 residents, it is also the second largest city in Colorado, behind Denver. Colorado Springs has a relatively low cost of living, combined with low unemployment and many cultural downsides.
Colorado is definitely a good place to live since Denver occupies third place on the podium. The capital of Colorado, which has capitalized heavily on the aerospace and defense industries, is now being boosted by the booming recreational marijuana industry. Denver is known to be the epicenter of the green gold rush, and many jobs have been created as a result. The average annual salary capped at 55,910 dollars.
4. Des Moines, Iowa
If the study of US News & World Report recalls that the capital of the State of Iowa in the heart of Mid-West is not particularly popular with tourists, the fact remains that it is a city where the quality of life is excellent. The average annual salary is $ 49,420 and the unemployment rate is 2.9%. Finally, the cost of housing is significantly lower than the American national average.
Again, the name Fayetteville probably doesn’t mean much to you. This city of the state of Arkansas and its 500,000 inhabitants is not in the guides of the tour operators. . Nevertheless, the quality of life as well as the price indices are generally advantageous, and the local economy is carried by large employers including Walmart, Tyson Foods or even J.B Hunt Transport which have their headquarters in the state.
Oregon’s largest city is known for its NBA team, the Blazers. If the price indices are less advantageous than in the cities at the top of the ranking, the attractiveness of this city in the northwest of the United States cannot be denied. Nike, headquartered a few kilometers outside the city, and Intel are among the city’s largest employers, with 2.3 million residents.
Head south with Huntsville and its 440,000 inhabitants. The attractiveness of the city of Alabama State is not the best, but the cost of living is particularly low. While the average annual salary is around 52,960 dollars.
The capital of the United States is the largest metropolis in this top 10 with its 6 million inhabitants. As a result, it benefits from a large pool of employment, with qualified positions: the average annual salary explodes at 68,000 dollars. The unemployment rate is 3.7% of the workforce. The only downside is the cost of living, which is much higher than the national average.
9.Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota
The twin cities of the State of Minnesota benefit from a very dynamic biotech and science sector. The average annual salary of $ 55,000 makes it possible to live well in a city where the cost of living is only slightly higher than the national average.
Capital of the State of Washington (3.6 million inhabitants), Seattle benefits from a very advantageous job market, especially in tech since two of the largest market capitalizations in the world have set up their headquarters there ( Microsoft and Amazon). The cost of living is high, but the average annual salary, $ 61,000, partially compensates for these expenses.
Note that San Francisco emerges in 20th place, especially because of its exorbitant cost of living. This is also the case for the cities of Los Angeles (101st) and New York (96th) or even Chicago (87th), whose prohibitive prices make them drop in this ranking.