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Top 5 Best Cities for Veteran Job Seekers

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

When transitioning out of the military, one of the main drivers in choosing a new career is geographic location. Most job seekers want to live in a location that is either closer to family, has a mild climate, a low cost of living, etc., but it is important to keep in mind that you should first consider the job climate in a particular city or region. You have to go where the jobs are!

In a recent article, GI Jobs narrowed down the top five cities for veteran job seekers, based on cost of living, companies looking to hire veterans, and cities with a strong military connection.

Dallas-Fort Worth, TX

Ranked #21 on the Best Places to Live by U.S. News & World Report, the sprawling metropolitan area of Dallas-Fort Worth is the perfect blend of city living and suburban quiet. Many young professionals live in downtown Dallas and Fort Worth, while many young families live in the surrounding suburbs, where they can have a small community life and also have access to two major cities. Texans are by nature very friendly, which creates a pleasant place to live. 

Both cities also hold military ties. Military bases such as Naval Air Station Fort Worth, Sheppard Air Force Base, and Dyess Air Force Base are all in the area. As a result, many companies in both cities are military friendly - Honeywell, Siemens, and Applied Avionics are just a few of the companies that hire veterans.

San Diego, CA

The California coast is a desirable place for transitioning military, not only because of its proximity to many military bases, but also because of its beautiful weather. San Diego is no exception. For the outdoor enthusiast, San Diego offers a variety of activities that can be enjoyed all year. The city also offers all the perks of a large metro area, and the nearby communities and suburbs have a close-knit, small town feel.

Because of its strong military presence, veteran job seekers do not have as much of a problem translating their military experience to civilian lingo - most civilian companies in the area are familiar, and know the benefits of hiring transitioning military.

Tucson, AZ

Surrounded by mountain ranges, the city of Tucson ranks as one of the healthiest places to live due to its clean air rating, which is rare to find in a major metropolitan city. Since its inception, the city has grown exponentially over the years, but still maintains its Southwest roots. Tucson draws people due to its low cost of living and beautiful scenery. 

Tucson is home to major aerospace companies such as Honeywell and Aerovation, a major plus for any transitioning military with aviation experience. According to the University of Arizona’s Economics and Business Research Center, Tucson is experiencing “significant acceleration in job growth” this year.

Hampton Roads, VA

Hampton Roads encompasses the cities of Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Newport News, Hampton, and Suffolk, and is home to many major military installations, so it is no surprise that this area is a desirable place for transitioning military and veteran job seekers. The Hampton Roads region has the largest concentration of military personnel outside of the Pentagon, which in turn attracts government agencies such as NASA, the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Commerce, and more. 

With all this in mind, companies in the area understand the importance of hiring veterans. Whether or not military job seekers are looking to work for a government agency or a private company, the area has a history of hiring veterans to fill those needs.

Huntsville, AL

Known as “Rocket City,” the city of Huntsville grew significantly in the early 1960s during the Space Race, and is one of the fastest growing metro areas in the state. Huntsville is ranked #11 on the Best Places to Live by U.S. News & World Report, and it is easy to see why. The city center has seen a revival in recent years, and the downtown now offers urban living, trendy restaurants, and shopping options. 

Due to its roots, the city is home to a variety of space, missile, and aviation companies. Huntsville also boasts a strong military presence, and is home to the Army Space & Missile Defense Command and the Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Aviation & Missile Center. Therefore, the city has a strong military presence and familiarity with military life.

Transitioning from the military can be an overwhelming experience. In a recent study by the Pew Research Center on veteran transition, 44% of veterans who served within the ten-year period after 9/11 reported difficulty with re-entry into civilian life. Check out our transition guide for help with navigating everything from the transition timeline, civilian benefits, and more. 

If you are ready to find a new career, visit our job search page. With thousands of positions in our database, many in the cities listed above, we are a great resource to help you find your next career. Get started and register today to speak with a Recruiter to help begin your military to civilian transition process.

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