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NeighborhoodScout’s Top 5 Metro Areas for Career Starters

Mar 10, 2003 | by: The NeighborhoodScout Team | Media

Despite a national economic slump, a handful of cities offer excellent prospects for career starters


Paul Gallagher
Director of Marketing
Location, Inc.

WORCESTER, MA (March 10, 2003) – Jobs may be hard to come by in the current economy, but career starters and recent college graduates can improve their odds greatly by targeting one of America’s top 5 job growth metro areas.

Andrew Schiller, a PhD geographer and the creator of NeighborhoodScout.com, recently surveyed all 270+ metro areas in the U.S. to identify the top 5 for job growth. Using data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Schiller found – despite the downturn in the national economy – several metro areas that are true bright spots for those freshly trained and seeking to start a career.

Once these top 5 metros were identified, Schiller used NeighborhoodScout to find neighborhoods in each that would be perfect for young people starting a career.

“Career starters want to go where the jobs are, but finding a good area to live when moving to a brand new city is very important, especially for recent graduates who may be leaving behind a close-knit group of friends from college,” said Schiller.

To identify great neighborhoods for career starters, Schiller chose predominantly non-married households (singles), many people in their 20s and 30s, with college educations or even graduate degrees, where the housing is mainly rental apartments, and where many people are in professional occupations.

“In the current economy, career starters can use all the help they can get,” said Schiller. “Using NeighborhoodScout.com, we uncovered the top 5 areas where educated career starters would find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and peer support – a great place to get started in a new area with terrific job growth.”

Here are America’s top 5 areas for job growth in 2002, and the top neighborhoods in each one for career starters to consider:

Top 5 Job Growth Areas Top Neighborhoods in Each for Career Starters
1. RiversideSan Bernardino, CA Redlands
2. Las Vegas, NV Winchester (near Sunrise Hospital)
3. San Diego, CA Along I-5 in University City & La Jolla
4. MiamiHialeah, FL Brickell Hammock to Coral Gables
5. Charlotte-GastoniaRock Hill, NC-SC Charlotte (from I-277 South to Sharon Lane)

The public can try NeighborhoodScout for free at www.NeighborhoodScout.com. Besides career-starters, NeighborhoodScout is useful for young families looking to buy their first home, career-changers, relocating workers and their families, retirees, or anyone looking to purchase a home or vacation home and wanting to save time and money. NeighborhoodScout is built on one of the largest neighborhood databases ever assembled, and uses a patent-pending algorithm that matches real neighborhoods to consumer-specified criteria in seconds.

Editor’s Note

Data for this study were derived from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Division of Current Employment, and the US Bureau of the Census. NeighborhoodScout’s database includes information from the FBI, the US Justice Department, the US Bureau of the Census, the National Center for Education Statistics, the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight, the U.S. Geological Survey, and other agencies.

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Location Inc is a Massachusetts-based company born of university research, specializing in nationwide relocation software, retail site selection, and real estate investment advising. Find your ideal neighborhood at www.NeighborhoodScout.com