Logan once again receives recognition from a national organization, highlighting another reason why Logan and Cache Valley is such a great place to live, work and study. Two other Utah cities received recognition as well; Provo and Ogden.

Based on the report by SmartAsset.com, their key findings include:

Go west… to Utah.
Three of the top four best cities for career opportunities are located in the Beehive State. Unemployment in Utah’s major metros is low (less than 4%) while annual jobs growth was between 3.8% and 6.9%.

Golden State lacking golden opportunities.
Of California’s 26 metro areas, zero rank among the top 25 cities for career opportunities, while five rank among the bottom 25. Santa Rosa is California’s best city for career opportunities, ranking 35th overall.

Methodology Explained.
“To find the best cities for career opportunities, SmartAsset looked at data on employment, income, living costs and professional education in the 358 largest metro areas in the U.S. We wanted to find areas that not only have strong employment markets but where employees can advance their careers by seeking out better jobs or by pursuing further education.
We looked at six metrics in all, including the unemployment rate, the rate of employment growth and the median income. We also looked at the median annual housing costs, to control for the cost of living in each city, which also represents the financial risk of leaving a job to seek better opportunities.”