New Year, New City

Author: Alecia Pirulis

Baltimore City

A new year is a great time for a fresh start. If you’ve been looking to make a big move, why not make 2012 the year you finally leap? As the job market begins to improve, there are some locations that outshine others. US News put together a list of the best cities to find a job – here are a few of the cities that made the top 10:

Baltimore, Maryland: Elegant, historic neighborhoods, a vibrant downtown, the Patapsco River and the nearby Chesapeake Bay … this is a great city. If you plan on renting an apartment in Baltimore, you’ll enjoy a healthy economy, history that dates back to the 1700s, top-rated universities such as Johns Hopkins University and the University of Baltimore, the Baltimore Ravens football games, and the amazing Inner Harbor. The fact that Baltimore is also walker-friendly and pet-friendly may move this city to the top of your list.

Not too far south of Baltimore you’ll find the number one city for job growth: Washington, DC. This is a great location – government, of course, plays a key role in the area’s job growth – all three branches of the Federal government are located here. But Washington, DC is also home to foreign embassies, the World Bank headquarters, major international organizations, and a strong tourism industry. It is home to  the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial, the US Capitol building, and (of course) the White House. Washington DC has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country, beautiful neighborhoods, the Smithsonian, and the Lincoln Theatre.

If the busy East Coast isn’t calling you, perhaps St. Paul, Minnesota is your perfect new place. It is the smaller of the Twin Cities, but it packs a major punch – St. Paul is densely-populated, home to roughly 285,000 residents. Major corporations call this beautiful Upper Midwest location home, including Gander Mountain, Ecolab, and Lawson Software. St. Paul is a family-friendly location and is home to the Saint Paul Winter Carnival, the Como Zoo, Lake Como, and the Wabasha Street Caves.

During Prohibition, St. Paul was a haven for big-name mobsters. The Wabasha Street Caves, which date back to the 1840s, served as a speakeasy during the 1920s. Rumor has it that John Dillinger was a frequent visitor. With its fascinating history, a great parks system, charming neighborhoods such as Saint Anthony Park and Summit Hill,  St. Paul is the perfect starting-over city.

Perhaps you want to really get away from it all and start over in a location with plenty of elbow room. Utah is one of the least-densely populated states in the US, and Salt Lake City was number two on the US News list for job growth. Wide-open spaces and plenty of opportunity, plus soaring mountains and the Great Salt Lake make Salt Lake City a hot destination. As the state capital, government plays a key role in Salt Lake City’s economic stability. Other major employers include Salt Lake City International Airport, Intermountain Health Care, the University of Utah, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The Wasatch Mountains give Salt Lake City residents the perfect place to play – snowboarding, skiing, camping, rock climbing, hiking, mountain biking, boating, fishing – the list of outdoor recreation is long. If you’d rather enjoy sports from the sidelines, the NBA’s Utah Jazz will give you plenty to cheer about.