These Are The 10 Best Places Places In Texas To Get A Job

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by Chris Kolmar
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If you’re starting to look for a job in Texas, you’ve come to the right place.

You might think off the top of your head that Austin would be an excellent place to find a job. And while the capital does offer many opportunities, it isn’t the best in the state according to the data.

Here at Zippia, we aim to answer questions like this using cold hard facts and analysis. So we set our sights on determining the best place in Texas to find a job.

After analyzing all 67 plus places in Texas, we came up with this list as the best places for jobs in the Lone Star State:

  1. Midland
  2. Bryan
  3. Victoria
  4. Rockwall
  5. Denton
  6. Odessa
  7. Frisco
  8. Wylie
  9. Lewisville
  10. Waxahachie

So listen up Brownsville as we explain how we created this ranking, you could learn some things from the rest of the state.

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How We Determined The Best Places For Jobs In Lone Star State

We first researched detailed data on all places in Texas. However, in order to properly compare places in an apples-to-apples manner, we set a minimum population threshold of 5,000 people.

This left us with 67 places in Texas to analyze.

We then ranked each place across a number of criteria from one to 67, with one being the best.

We took the average rank across all criteria, with the place posting the lowest overall score being crowned the winner of the title “Best Place For Jobs In Texas”.

The criteria we looked at were:

  • Unemployment rate
  • Recent job growth
  • Future job growth
  • Median household income

Sources of criteria include the the BLS and Sperling’s Best Places.

If your city or town isn’t among the top 10, jump down to the bottom of the post to see a detailed chart and a downloadable file of all the data.

Otherwise, learn how these cities moved up the career ladder.

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1. Midland

Midland, Texas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 112,618Unemployment Rate: 2.30%
Recent Job Growth: 3.79%
Future Job Growth: 45.30%

2. Bryan

Bryan, Texas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 76,082Unemployment Rate: 3.40%
Recent Job Growth: 4.84%
Future Job Growth: 46.30%

3. Victoria

Victoria, Texas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 62,869Unemployment Rate: 3.60%
Recent Job Growth: 3.69%
Future Job Growth: 43.80%

4. Rockwall

Rockwall, Texas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 37,842Unemployment Rate: 3.50%
Recent Job Growth: 3.43%
Future Job Growth: 43.40%

5. Denton

Denton, Texas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 115,098Unemployment Rate: 3.80%
Recent Job Growth: 3.43%
Future Job Growth: 43.10%

6. Odessa

Odessa, Texas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 101,545Unemployment Rate: 2.80%
Recent Job Growth: 3.09%
Future Job Growth: 43.40%

7. Frisco

Frisco, Texas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 116,944Unemployment Rate: 3.80%
Recent Job Growth: 3.43%
Future Job Growth: 43.10%

8. Wylie

Wylie, Texas

Source: Flickr

Population: 40,793Unemployment Rate: 4.10%
Recent Job Growth: 3.43%
Future Job Growth: 42.80%

9. Lewisville

Lewisville, Texas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 95,989Unemployment Rate: 4.10%
Recent Job Growth: 3.43%
Future Job Growth: 42.80%

10. Waxahachie

Waxahachie, Texas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 29,760Unemployment Rate: 4.20%
Recent Job Growth: 3.44%
Future Job Growth: 42.70%

Detailed List Of The Best Places In Texas For Jobs

City Rank Population Unemployment Rate Recent Job Growth Future Job Growth
Midland 1 112,618 2.30% 3.79% 45.30%
Bryan 2 76,082 3.40% 4.84% 46.30%
Victoria 3 62,869 3.60% 3.69% 43.80%
Rockwall 4 37,842 3.50% 3.43% 43.40%
Denton 5 115,098 3.80% 3.43% 43.10%
Odessa 6 101,545 2.80% 3.09% 43.40%
Frisco 7 116,944 3.80% 3.43% 43.10%
Wylie 8 40,793 4.10% 3.43% 42.80%
Lewisville 9 95,989 4.10% 3.43% 42.80%
Waxahachie 10 29,760 4.20% 3.44% 42.70%
Richardson 11 100,057 4.10% 3.43% 42.80%
Allen 12 84,387 4.20% 3.43% 42.70%
Irving 13 217,021 4.30% 3.43% 42.60%
Plano 14 263,122 4.30% 3.43% 42.60%
Coppell 15 39,212 4.50% 3.44% 42.40%
McKinney 16 131,882 4.40% 3.43% 42.50%
Pearland 17 90,347 3.50% 2.96% 42.40%
Burleson 18 36,879 3.70% 2.97% 42.20%
Keller 19 39,763 3.80% 2.97% 42.10%
Carrollton 20 120,727 4.50% 3.43% 42.40%
Pflugerville 21 47,602 3.30% 2.82% 42.30%
Conroe 22 57,380 3.60% 2.95% 42.30%
Mansfield 23 55,818 4.00% 2.97% 41.90%
Austin 24 799,939 3.50% 2.82% 42.10%
Friendswood 25 35,853 4.00% 2.95% 41.90%
Grapevine 26 46,756 4.20% 2.97% 41.70%
Rowlett 27 55,970 4.90% 3.43% 42.00%
Hurst 28 37,572 4.20% 2.97% 41.70%
Rosenberg 29 30,665 4.10% 2.95% 41.80%
Dallas 30 1,207,202 5.10% 3.43% 41.80%
Bedford 31 47,385 4.20% 2.97% 41.70%
Garland 32 227,641 5.10% 3.43% 41.80%
Georgetown 33 48,220 4.10% 2.82% 41.50%
Cleburne 34 29,318 4.60% 2.98% 41.40%
Duncanville 35 38,590 5.30% 3.43% 41.60%
Lubbock 36 229,428 3.40% 2.29% 41.20%
Euless 37 51,526 4.50% 2.97% 41.40%
Schertz 38 31,934 3.40% 2.21% 41.00%
Arlington 39 367,154 4.50% 2.97% 41.40%
Sherman 40 38,499 4.90% 3.05% 41.20%
Houston 41 2,107,449 4.70% 2.96% 41.20%
DeSoto 42 49,011 6.00% 3.43% 40.90%
Lancaster 43 36,271 6.80% 3.43% 40.10%
Galveston 44 48,352 5.20% 2.96% 40.70%
Lufkin 45 35,169 4.50% 1.90% 39.30%
Longview 46 80,931 4.40% 1.68% 39.00%
Temple 47 66,435 4.30% 1.62% 38.90%
Pasadena 48 149,506 5.30% 2.96% 40.60%
Abilene 49 118,484 3.70% 0.41% 37.10%
Nacogdoches 50 33,157 4.60% 1.62% 38.60%
Amarillo 51 191,118 3.20% -0.34% 36.10%
Baytown 52 71,790 6.40% 2.96% 39.50%
Tyler 53 97,125 4.70% 1.60% 38.50%
Laredo 54 236,063 4.90% 1.33% 37.80%
Huntsville 55 38,682 4.50% 0.75% 37.00%
McAllen 56 130,297 5.40% 1.56% 37.70%
Edinburg 57 77,174 5.50% 1.56% 37.60%
Killeen 58 127,995 6.00% 1.62% 37.20%
Waco 59 124,843 4.70% 0.76% 36.80%
Mission 60 76,784 6.80% 1.55% 36.30%
Pharr 61 70,119 6.90% 1.55% 36.20%
Harlingen 62 64,947 6.30% 0.92% 35.50%
Socorro 63 31,912 7.50% 1.17% 34.80%
Texarkana 64 36,548 5.50% 0.15% 34.80%
Beaumont 65 117,769 6.80% 0.79% 34.80%
Weslaco 66 35,720 8.60% 1.56% 34.50%
Brownsville 67 175,210 8.60% 0.92% 33.20%