From starting salary and benefits to employee perks like free cheeseburgers, there are plenty of important factors you have to consider while searching for a job. Perhaps the most critical, stress-inducing, and potentially life-changing part to consider, however, is location. Thankfully, a new study from Indeed reveals the best cities in the country for people looking to land a new job this year.
On Monday, the ever-popular job listings site released its first-ever list of the best cities for jobseekers, which ranks 25 metro areas based on four criteria: job market favorability, employee ratings for work-life balance, job security and advancement opportunities, and salary weighted for the local cost of living. If you think big cities like New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago are the best destinations for employment, the results may surprise you. In fact, only one of those cities -- Los Angeles -- made the list (no. 15), while cities in the Sun Belt dominate the ranking's top spots.