As we begin 2019, Americans who are deciding where to live generally want to pick a city with ample job opportunities.
The rankings are based on the latest Census Bureau data for cities with a population of 60,000 or more.
In addition to job opportunity, having a high percentage of people in the labor force makes a city more attractive to live because local governments will have higher revenue from taxes and fewer costs associated with social programs.
Here is the list starting with the best to buy:
- Sandy Springs, GA: 74.0%
- Johns Creek, GA: 71.9%
- Alpharetta, GA: 69.7%
- Roswell, GA: 69.6%
- Warner Robins, GA: 68.0%
- Atlanta, GA: 67.5%
- Savannah, GA: 63.2%
- Augusta-Richmond County, GA: 61.3%
- Athens-Clarke County, GA: 61.3%
- Columbus, GA: 59.4%
- Albany, GA: 56.3%
- Macon-Bibb County, GA: 56.0%
The largest increase came from Warner Robins, which saw 4.4 percent more workers enter the labor force. The largest decrease was Albany, which had 6.7 percent fewer workers in the labor force.