Top U.S. Cities and States to Live for Your Industry

As inconvenient as it may be for our personal lives, most of our careers will be impacted by where we live geographically. Some industries thrive in bustling cities, where others require the resources of deeply rural areas.

Geography isn’t the only factor that determines where the jobs are. However, it can give you a leg up in finding a job or changing jobs if you look for a home in a region that has a thriving job market in your industry.

In this article, we’re going to cover some of the main industries in the United States–industries in which many of us work–and talk about which parts of the country have a lot of jobs in those industries.

So, whether you’re just starting off in your career or looking for a change of scenery, read on for the best places to live for your industry.

Health care

Health care is needed universally. And if you’re in the industry, whether as an administrator, a nurse, or one of the other hundreds of health-related careers, the good news is that it is typically the fastest growing industry in the country.

That being said, some parts of the country favor the health science careers disproportionately. The states of Massachusetts, California, Florida, and Illinois are the four leading places in the country for jobs in healthcare.

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics)

The STEM fields make up some of the highest paid and most in-demand careers in the country. They tend to be located around urban hubs. However, it isn’t just Silicon Valley that needs great workers in STEM.

First, we’ll state the obvious. San Jose, Santa Clara, and San Francisco are all bursting with high-paying jobs in the technology industries. With companies like Google, Apple, Adobe, and HP, it’s obvious why this region is known are the heart of the technological world.

However, cost of living in this area is quite high, and there are other regions with a flourishing workforce in STEM. Huntsville, Alabama has low rent prices and is home to several large tech companies like IBM and Lockheed Martin. Boulder, Colorado is another area with a quickly growing tech industry, low unemployment (2.7%), and high salary ($91,000).

Manufacturing

Manufacturing jobs have been at the forefront of conversation for years. In spite of many blue collar careers being outsourced overseas, there still remains a thriving manufacturing workforce in the following areas.

North Carolina is ranked number one in manufacturing in the United States. With plants for IBM, Goodyear, and Lenovo, there is a variety of industries that look to North Carolina for manufacturing their products.

Texas has been attracting young workers for their growing number of tech giants and reasonable cost of living. Companies like Lockheed Martin Aeronautics and  ExxonMobil make it a good place for machinists and manufacturers to live.  

Michigan and the Great Lakes cities are often thought of as being where all the manufacturing jobs fled from. However, there are still a number of large companies who are flourishing in the region. In Michigan alone resides General Motors, Ford, Chrysler, and the Dow Chemical Company.

So, if you work in one of these key industries and are on the lookout for a new place to start or continue your career, keep these cities and states in mind.

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Five Common Mistakes People Make on Moving Day

Moving is stressful. You have to worry about cleaning out your old home, preparing your new one and all of the logistical headaches that come with it. If that weren’t enough, you still have to balance your work and family life with the demands of moving into a new home.

With all of those factors taken into account, it’s easy to make mistakes on moving day. Today, we’ll cover five of the most common mistakes people make while moving to a new home and how to avoid them.

1. Thinking you don’t need help

None of us want to burden our friends or our wallets for moving. But unless all of your belongings fit in a suitcase and you’re moving to a furnished apartment you’re going to need some help. Whether it’s friends, family, or professional movers, make sure you have enough people to help you with the moving process. Don’t worry, you can repay them with free food or a good tip accordingly.

2. Assuming your help is reliable

If you’re counting on friends and family to help you move, check in with them a few days in advance to make sure they’re still available. Give them details for the exact time and place they’re needed. As a courtesy, order everyone pizza at the new house in exchange for their help.

If you’re hiring a mover, do some research before you commit to one. Read customer reviews and testimonials, make sure they have all required licensing, and so on. Call to confirm on the day before the move to make sure no mix-ups have been made.

3. Not taking traffic into account

If you and your movers are on a deadline, take traffic into account for your move. Do a test run along the moving route during the hours you’ll be traveling to find out how long it will take. This will also help you plan out stops for gas if needed.

Another good practice is to print out directions to the new home and give them to everyone who will be driving. This way you and your moving van know exactly which route to take.

4. Forgetting overnight necessities

Necessities like a tooth brush, deodorant, soap, and cell phone charger should be packed in a separate bag that stays with you. This way it won’t get lost among your boxes and regardless of where you’re sleeping that night you’ll know where to find the important items you need.

5. Not planning for their pet

Moving your belongings is easy, but moving your pet will require extra planning. You’ll have to ready your crate, pet food, toys, litter box or dog bags, and anything else your pet needs.

You’ll also need to look out for your pet during the move since doors will be opening and closing and they’ll be in a new (potentially frightening) environment. If you can, have someone pet sit for you on moving day. If that isn’t possible, keep the pet in an empty room with everything they need until you’ve settled in, checking up on them periodically.

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