Quitting a Job? You May Live in One of These Cities

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If you have ever quit before, you know how hard it can be.

First, you have to decide if you’re going to have a job after you quit. Then you have to decide how to break the news to your boss.

If you don’t care if you break ties, then this part is easy. Most people give their two-week notice, which is usually accompanied by a letter for record-keeping.

If you need some tips, you might reach out to people in the cities below, as they’re filled with people who quit their jobs (or at least have more quitters than other cities!).

Cities with the Highest Quit Percentage

  1. Phoenix, Arizona
  2. Atlanta, Georgia
  3. Dallas, Texas
  4. Miami, Florida
  5. Denver, Colorado
  6. San Francisco, California
  7. Chicago, Illinois
  8. Detroit, Michigan
  9. Riverside, California
  10. San Diego, California

Maybe you’re wanting to avoid places that have a lot of job quitters. Or maybe you’re hoping to claim the jobs that these people have quit from. Either way, it’s nice to know which cities have the most job quitters. Keep reading so you can see the full list of cities with the most job quitters.

How We Determined The Cities Where People Quit Their Jobs The Most

We turned used the BLS’ JOLTS data to find which states have the most job seekers leaving their positions and what industries they flee the most.

From there it was pretty simple, the higher the metro area’s quit rate, the bigger “quitter” the area is. The BLS defines quitting as “employees who
left voluntarily with the exception of retirements or transfers to other locations.” This can refer to both amicable departures with a 2-week notice, a rage-quit, or when employees stop showing up. Traditionally, quitting is viewed as a sign of a healthy job market- where employees are leaving for better positions or confident they will find a new position shortly.

We opted to look at August 2019, to avoid our data being colored by recent COVID job market stagnation (people don’t quit their jobs in times of uncertainty) and the holiday slump (similarly, people don’t like leaving their job when soon they’ll have to shell out for Christmas gifts and be asked by relatives a million times how work is going.)

1. Phoenix, Arizona

Quit Rank: 3

Phoenix, Arizona is in the No. 1 spot for having the most quitters. With a quit rank of 3%, Phoenix ranks over every other city in the country. While it’s unknown if they’re quitting for better jobs or quitting in a rage, it does mean that there are a number of positions open for the taking.

2. Atlanta, Georgia

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Quit Rank: 2.6

Coming in at second on the list is Atlanta, Georgia. The city has a high quit ranking of 2.6%, which for a city of that size is pretty significant.

3. Dallas, Texas

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Quit Rank: 2.5

Lots of people are kissing their jobs goodbye in Dallas, Texas. The city’s quit rank of 2.5% puts it in third place on our list. Home of America’s football team, there’s nothing more American than telling your boss how you really feel.

4. Miami, Florida

Quit Rank: 2.5

Many people refrain from moving to Miami due to its crime rates, despite its nightlife and beaches, but with the city’s quit ranking of 2.5% it may be worth giving a second glance. With more people quitting their jobs, there are more opportunities presented for others.

5. Denver, Colorado

Source: Ron Reiring

Quit Rank: 2.4

A little further down the list is Denver, Colorado at No. 5. At a 2.4% quit ranking, the city boasts more than just mountains. It’s time to cross-country ski you’re way into a new job.

6. San Francisco, California

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Quit Rank: 2.4

San Francisco offers everything anyone could ever want. Seasons, access to the beach, golden gates to welcome you, hikes that reveal amazing views and cable cars. The one thing it doesn’t offer is the “right” jobs. The city’s quit rank of 2.4% reveals that not everyone is happy at their job in San Fran.

7. Chicago, Illinois

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Quit Rank: 2.3

That skyline of high-rises may be calling your name, and with a quit ranking of 2.3%, there’s likely some jobs available in Chicago. Plus who could say no to some Chicago pizza with the sauce on top?

8. Detroit, Michigan

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Quit Rank: 2.3

Detroit, Michigan is next on the list of being a city with a lot of people who quit their jobs. The city has a quit ranking of 2.3%, which means either the job market is booming there or they all have horrible bosses.

9. Riverside, California

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Quit Rank: 2.3

Just outside of LA, Riverside reaps all of the benefits of living there without all the traffic. From warm temps to being close to Disneyland, it’s safe to assume people like living there. What they don’t like to do is work. With a quit rank of 2.3%, you may find more people at the beach rather than at their job.

10. San Diego, California

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Quit Rank: 2.3

Yet another California city fills our No. 10 spot just proving how hard it is to work when you’re that close to the beach. San Diego has a 2.3% quit rank. We wonder if the surfing is any good.

Summary of the City with the Most Job Quitters

Regardless of if you’re actually wanting to join these statistics of quitters, or if you’re wanting to find places that have jobs available, it’s good to know which cities have the highest quit rank. Many of these cities have lots to offer in terms of living there, so it might prove worthwhile to check out career opportunities too.

City Quit Rate
Phoenix, AZ 3
Atlanta, GA 2
Dallas, TX 2
Miami, FL 2
Denver, CO 2
San Francisco, CA 2
Chicago, IL 2
Detroit, MI 2
Riverside, CA 2
San Diego, CA 2
Minneapolis, MN 2
Washington, DC 2
Houston, TX 2
Los Angeles, CA 2
Seattle, WA 1
New York, NY 1
Boston, MA 1
Philadelphia, PA 1
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