The Best City To Live In If You're Looking For A Job

When we went home from work for two weeks, which turned into nearly two years in 2020, many people began re-evaluating their lives and careers. Zippia reports that 3.3 million people left their line of work in November 2020, which increased to 4.5 million in November 2021. As the world regains a sense of normalcy after the nationwide pandemic shutdown, the labor market is improving, and people are looking for work again. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics details how the unemployment rate in all 50 states was lower in June of 2022 than in the previous year. So, what is the best city to live in if you're looking for a job?

Money Geek rates North Port, Florida, as the number one best place for job pursuit, with a 99.0 rating in overall job growth. Breaking down the numbers, Money Geek found North Port to be the top city for its wage growth alone and in the top five for the lowest unemployment rates. 

North Port's city growth

In late 2021, Florida Governor, Ron DeSantis, dedicated 1.69 million to the city of North Port, the money coming from the Florida Job Growth Grant Fund. Florida's government website outlines that North Port is 20% of its county's development within the last ten years; however, 90% of people leave the city daily for work. Between the state's and city's investment, it is expected that 9,700 new jobs will be created in the area.

Right now, Indeed has more than 37,000 jobs within 50 miles of North Port listed as hiring, most of which are permanent full-time positions. Healthcare and hospitality are two of the most in-demand jobs in the county and the two largest industries in Florida, with construction, infrastructure, and real estate close behind. A local area newspaper, North Port Sun, highlights the substantial number of new businesses approaching the city. From housing projects to restaurants to yoga and more, North Port is about to be booming with new activities and residents.

North Port's recreation

North Port may be ranked the best city to live in if you're seeking a job, but it is normal for potential residents to wonder how they can spend their free time. The hustle culture mentality is quickly fading for many, and a new commitment is being made to the work-life balance. Worry not because North Port has plenty to keep busy with, especially if you are the outdoorsy type. North Port's coldest month of the year is typically January, with temperatures dropping into the low '50s, and if you are not from the coast, this will certainly feel warm to you. Its summers get pretty scorching, but North Port is conveniently only 20 to 45 minutes away from local beaches. That Florida Life points out several places to hike and immerse yourself in nature, including a hot spring named the Warm Mineral Springs. 

If you are a fan of the arts, North Port has a spacious performing arts center that hosts various shows, including musicals and symphonies (via That Florida Life). Through sports games, scenic trails, farmers markets, and more, North Port will give you a job and tons of extracurricular activities.