Job seekers are on the move: Here are the top cities they’re going to and from


Findings from a new economic research study undertaken by jobs and recruiting site Glassdoor show that more than a quarter of applications uploaded to the website were to jobs outside of the applicant’s metro area.

The study, “Metro Movers: Where Are Americans Moving For Jobs & Is It Worth It?,” released Monday, is based on more than 668,000 online job applications from January 8-14, 2018, for the 40 largest metro areas in America.

So which cities were employees flocking to — and which ones were they fleeing? How do the environs of Silicon Valley stack up against the cities of the Midwest?

Here are the top 10 cities people are relocating to for jobs

By job application percentage from other cities:

  1. San Francisco, CA   12.4%
  2. New York City, NY    8.4%
  3. San Jose, CA         6.9%
  4. Los Angeles, CA    6.8%
  5. Washington, DC    4.3%
  6. Boston, MA     3.7%
  7. Chicago, IL     3.2%
  8. Seattle, WA     3.1%
  9. Dallas-Fort Worth, TX   2.8%
  10. Austin, TX   2.3%

Top 10 cities where job seekers are moving from

By job application percentage to other cities:

  1. Providence, RI   52.2%
  2. San Jose, CA    47.6%
  3. Riverside, CA    47.3%
  4. Baltimore, MD   45.6%
  5. Sacramento, CA   44.4%
  6. Columbus, OH   41.4%
  7. Pittsburgh, PA   39.3%
  8. Charlotte, NC   37.7%
  9. Cincinnati, OH   36.2%
  10. Cleveland, OH   35.3%

“Our research shows that employers should think broader when it comes to their recruiting strategies, as the quality talent they want may not only be found in their local market, but across the country,” Glassdoor Chief Economist Dr. Andrew Chamberlain, said in a press release.

One surprising factor revealed in the data was that would-be employees were often choosing company culture as a reason for their decision rather than salary, according to Glassdoor.

“You might expect that more money would be a top factor for job seekers when considering whether to move for a job, but it’s not. Our research shows companies with good culture and employees who love what they do ultimately have a leg-up when it comes to attracting the best talent from across the country,” Chamberlain said.

If you’re thinking of relocating for a new job, you may be surprised to find out that many employers may not cover your move. But it may be tax-deductible.

Can you deduct your moving expenses?


Federal law allows you to get back some of the money you spend on moving to a new city for job reasons. The Internal Revenue Service has a tool you can use to see if you qualify for reimbursement.

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