The 10 Hottest Job Markets In Texas For 2020

by Kathy Morris
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Anticipating a job hunt in 2020?

If so, you might be nervous about the state of your local job market or curious how it stacks up to rival cities. Cities in the same state can have dramatically different job markets. Job hunting in one part of the state can be a piece of cake, while in another city it can be a herculean task to just land an interview.

Here at Zippia, we love math (and jobs!), so we delved into the data to determine where in 2020 it was easiest to find a job in Texas.

Here are the ten hottest job markets in Texas.

There you have it, folks- the ten cities where it was easiest to get a job in Texas. Keep reading for a more detailed breakdown of how we reached these results. Your city not in the top 10? Keep scrolling to see where it landed on the full list.

How we determined the best job markets in Texas

We used the most recent Census American Community Survey to pull data for the main Texas metro areas. We only looked at cities with a working civilian population above 5,000.

While unemployment rate can tell you a lot about the local job market, it is simply one metric and job markets are complex entities. We opted to take a more in-depth look at the best job market in Texas.

Each metro-area was ranked 1-to-212 in four categories:

  • Unemployment Rate
  • Change In Unemployment Rate
  • Household Income Change
  • Current Average Household Income

The lower the score in each category the better. For example, the Anna area had the lowest unemployment rate at 0.9%, earning it the #1 spot for unemployment rate. The four ranked categories were then averaged together to produce our final list. The final list ranks the 212 metro areas from 1-to-212. Once again, the lower the score, the stronger the job market.

1. West University Place

West University Place, TX

Source: Public domain

Unemployment Rate: 2.95%
Average Income: $352,418

2. Bellaire

Bellaire, TX

Source: Public domain

Unemployment Rate: 2.36%
Average Income: $278,350

3. University Park

University Park, TX

Unemployment Rate: 3.38%
Average Income: $313,255

4. Prosper

Prosper, TX

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Unemployment Rate: 2.7%
Average Income: $170,499

5. Southlake

Southlake, TX

Unemployment Rate: 3.04%
Average Income: $282,834

6. Keller

Keller, TX

Unemployment Rate: 3.15%
Average Income: $166,267

7. Colleyville

Colleyville, TX

Unemployment Rate: 3.16%
Average Income: $229,369

8. Flower Mound

Flower Mound, TX

Unemployment Rate: 3.72%
Average Income: $158,522

9. Midlothian

Midlothian, TX

Source: Public domain

Unemployment Rate: 2.15%
Average Income: $107,797

10. Fate

Fate, TX

Unemployment Rate: 2.84%
Average Income: $116,084

MEASURING THE BEST JOB MARKETS In Texas

You might be reading this and thinking, ‘Hey, I live in Anna and have been unemployed for months- this can’t be right!’ That’s entirely possible.

While Anna and the surrounding metro area have the hottest job market in Texas, personal finances can be, well, personal. Education, work experience, and occupation all play a big role in securing a job. However, overall, job seekers in Anna will have an easier time than those in cities near the bottom of the list.

Detailed List Of The Hottest Job Markets In Texas

Rank Place Unemployment Rate Average Income
1 West University Place 2.95% $352,418
2 Bellaire 2.36% $278,350
3 University Park 3.38% $313,255
4 Prosper 2.7% $170,499
5 Southlake 3.04% $282,834
6 Keller 3.15% $166,267
7 Colleyville 3.16% $229,369
8 Flower Mound 3.72% $158,522
9 Midlothian 2.15% $107,797
10 Fate 2.84% $116,084
11 League 4.32% $121,890
12 Katy 4.19% $95,350
13 Frisco 3.68% $153,062
14 Mckinney 3.68% $110,051
15 Seabrook 3.57% $109,815
16 Kyle 3.77% $86,737
17 Lakeway 2.89% $173,433
18 Sugar Land 4.56% $158,148
19 Schertz 4.03% $97,431
20 Plano 3.92% $121,765
21 Coppell 2.53% $151,873
22 Highland Village 4.07% $166,243
23 Pearland 3.43% $121,694
24 Lake Jackson 4.81% $105,805
25 Portland 2.54% $91,863
26 New Braunfels 3.58% $85,126
27 Little Elm 5.36% $105,193
28 Austin 3.94% $97,331
29 Grapevine 3.48% $112,175
30 Corinth 4.97% $109,397
31 Allen 4.05% $130,429
32 Trophy Club 2.54% $160,623
33 Farmers Branch 3.18% $92,809
34 Rowlett 6.29% $108,393
35 Pflugerville 4.11% $102,548
36 Cedar Park 3.14% $118,788
37 Burleson 3.66% $92,298
38 Friendswood 4.71% $141,977
39 Conroe 4.5% $84,187
40 Sachse 4.37% $106,998
41 Boerne 4.96% $86,252
42 Tomball 8.19% $90,229
43 Canyon 3.95% $70,033
44 Port Neches 5.91% $89,160
45 Carrollton 3.68% $94,024
46 Richardson 3.92% $103,707
47 Nederland 3.19% $91,062
48 Weatherford 4.05% $78,468
49 Midland 3.5% $111,202
50 Watauga 5.61% $79,117
51 Forney 6.32% $92,637
52 Cibolo 3.8% $106,717
53 Round Rock 5.34% $97,997
54 North Richland Hills 4.89% $89,491
55 Wylie 4.31% $99,984
56 Lewisville 4.04% $77,959
57 Fair Oaks Ranch 1.96% $144,774
58 Irving 4.64% $82,091
59 Benbrook 4.02% $86,748
60 Waxahachie 4.18% $76,008
61 El Campo 3.63% $84,110
62 Fredericksburg 3.63% $79,595
63 Rockport 5.94% $82,035
64 San Angelo 4.09% $69,729
65 Leander 3.16% $108,277
66 Andrews 5.5% $82,537
67 Seguin 4.92% $61,400
68 Dickinson 7.52% $92,214
69 Euless 4.03% $79,879
70 Bay 7.58% $63,931
71 Santa Fe 7.28% $86,308
72 Mansfield 3.55% $115,104
73 Horizon 7.15% $70,150
74 Murphy 5.8% $147,347
75 Garland 6.18% $73,396
76 Cedar Hill 6.32% $84,111
77 College Station 4.17% $69,839
78 Azle 5.82% $80,178
79 Fort Worth 5.67% $79,480
80 Converse 4.68% $81,254
81 Odessa 6.52% $85,475
82 Clute 7.94% $64,791
83 Lockhart 3.49% $67,042
84 Universal 5.06% $76,009
85 Ennis 3.42% $66,462
86 Lumberton 2.9% $85,708
87 Abilene 4.53% $65,622
88 Rockwall 4.14% $107,228
89 Corpus Christi 5.52% $75,552
90 Buda 2.56% $94,663
91 Georgetown 5.31% $92,804
92 Anna 0.91% $88,993
93 Pampa 6.11% $64,696
94 Addison 4.1% $93,242
95 Kerrville 3.76% $65,891
96 Deer Park 8.25% $96,795
97 Live Oak 5.23% $76,643
98 Lancaster 6.39% $64,080
99 Arlington 4.93% $76,300
100 Amarillo 3.65% $71,308
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