Plano #2 Best City for Jobs

Plano is one of the best cities for jobs not only in Texas but the entire country, and city officials see a gain of more than 60,000 jobs by 2027.

According to a study by WalletHub, Plano ranked No. 2 in the nation for jobs, behind only Scottsdale, Arizona. WalletHub used metrics like job opportunities, employment growth and unemployment rate, among others, to come up with the rankings for the largest 150 U.S. cities.

“We are excited WalletHub named the city of Plano the second best city in America for jobs," said Bruce Glasscock, Plano city manager. "But frankly, we’re not surprised."

Glasscock said healthcare support occupations is expected to be the fastest-growing occupation with a 4.5 percent annual growth rate. By total jobs, office and administrative support occupations, 9,176 jobs, and sales, 7,247 jobs, are also expected to see huge gains in the next decade.

"Over the next 10 years, employment in the Plano is projected to expand by about 63,000 jobs," Glasscock said.

Out of Texas' four big cities, Dallas was the best at No. 21 in the country, just one spot above Austin. Dallas had a Top 10 job market rank, but was brought down by its low socioeconomic rank at No. 119. That tends to be true for most big cities as they have varying levels of income, unlike more affluent suburbs.

Back to Plano, one interesting statistic stood out — out of the 150 cities measured, Plano ranked No. 146 in terms of longest time spent working and commuting. Could that be because many Plano residents make the time-consuming trek down US 75 to Dallas to work every morning? The only cities with a worse ranking were Washington D.C.; San Francisco; Jersey City, New Jersey; and New York City.

Plano ranked well in terms of housing affordability. Plano was the second most affordable city in the country and another DFW suburb, Grand Prairie, was No. 3.

Source: Dallas Business Journal