Would You Consider a Move for More Job Opportunity?

Would you ever consider relocating to a city with more job opportunities? CNN Money recently released their Best Places to Live 2009 list. This year's ranking was, for obvious reasons, heavily slanted towards cities that provided the most job opportunities. The top ten cities were:

1. Louisville, CO
2. Chanhassen, MN
3. Papillion, NE
4. Middleton, WI
5. Milton, MA
6. Warren, NJ
7. Keller, TX
8. Peachtree City, GA
9. Lake St. Louis, MO
10. Mukilteo, WA

Early in my career I made a move to a city with more opportunity. At the time I didn't have any responsibilities or ties that could hold me back from moving. I didn't have a wife or kids in school. I was free to find the best place for me at the time.

Looking back, I definitely consider it a good move from a career perspective. I've changed jobs 3 times within this city since first moving, and at each change I had multiple job opportunities made available to me. I wouldn't have had those I don't think had I stayed put.

Now that I do have a wife and kid, as well as a community that I'm involved in, it would be a tough decision to make the move to a new city just for a job opportunity. Do you think you could do it? Have you made that move? I'd love to hear about it in the comments below.

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Last Edited: July 26, 2017 @ 6:15 pm
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Comments

  1. Jason @ One Money Design says:

    I’ve often thought about the possibility of moving to coastal city which has always been a dream for my wife and me. However, I can relate in that the more involved you get in the community and certainly in having a family, it would be a difficult decision.

  2. This list says a lot about the current state of the US economy. The focus has shifted from the former major players such as New York and The Silicon Valley towards smaller towns and cities which have a sustained development curve.

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