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This City Is the Surprising No. 1 Place to Get a Job in America

The Street logo The Street 1/29/2015 Laurie Kulikowski
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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Are you willing to move to give your career a boost? Some of the best job opportunities are located in small and mid-sized metro areas rather than large cities, especially those along the coasts.

ZipRecruiter, a company that simplifies the hiring process for hundreds of thousands of small businesses, undertook the task of finding out where the best job opportunities are in the U.S. by analyzing its database of applicant-to-employer ratios, applications-to-job posting ratios, as well as U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data, among other things.

The top cities with job opportunities are all located in states with unemployment rates below the national average of 5.6%, according to the latest BLS data.

Here are the best cities to get a job in 2015. Be sure to also check out which jobs are the best professions in America.

10. Minneapolis
Unemployment Rate: 3% (as of November)
State Unemployment Rate: 3.6% (as of December)

Encompassing 11 counties in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis-St. Paul, the metro area boasts its Chamber of Commerce boasts its diverse economy, including agriculture, food processing, computing, printing and publishing, large- and small-scale manufacturing, health care, arts and entertainment as well as medical instruments, education and finance.

Which industries are hiring: Professional services lead the charge, accounting for around 33% of all new positions created according the Star Tribune. Health and life sciences, agriculture and water technology, advanced manufacturing and financial services are also strong industries in the area. 

9. Boulder, Colo.
Unemployment Rate: 3.2% (as of November)
State Unemployment Rate: 4% (as of December)

Just 40 minutes outside of Denver, Boulder is the state's 11th largest city. As the home to Colorado University at Boulder, the city has long been an affluent, vibrant center of research and education, with multiple national labs and tech concerns helping to contribute an unemployment rate that's 2.5 points lower than the national average.

Besides the university, Boulder's top industries include aerospace, bioscience, nanotechnology, natural and organic products, renewable energy and energy research, software, and tourism, among others, according to the Boulder Economic Council.

Which industries are hiring: Education, government, tech, and manufacturing are the key industries, with small and medium sized businesses making an outsized contribution to hiring.

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8. Fort Collins, Colo.
Unemployment Rate: 3.2% (as of November)
State Unemployment Rate: 4% (as of December)

Roughly one hour north of Denver, Fort Collins is the regional economic center for Northern Colorado. Fort Collins capitalizes on the presence of Colorado State University, which is helping to drive innovation through research and development as well as jobs in the local economy. The town is also the home to the Budweiser touring plant, where the brewer's famous Clydesdales horses reside.

Which industries are hiring: Key sectors supporting the economy include manufacturing, high tech, higher education and the state and federal government. Other sectors of note include geospatial, water innovation, clean energy and bioscience, the Chamber of Commerce notes. 

7. Omaha, Neb.
Unemployment Rate: 3% (as of November)
State Unemployment Rate: 2.9% (as of December)

Warren Buffett may have put Omaha on the map but this town has become the poster child for vibrant Midwest towns, with its low unemployment rate, strong economy, solid population growth, particularly from young professionals, and continued livability to set a gold standard.

Which industries are hiring: Financial services industry provides perennial growth, as well as agribusiness, military and defense and logistics. However, ZipRecruiter said health care, technology, and telecom sectors also contributing to Omaha's strong job creation rate.

6. Provo, Utah
Unemployment Rate: 3% (as of November)
State Unemployment Rate: 3.5% (as of December)

Provo, Utah is the third largest city in the state and roughly 45 minutes south of Salt Lake City. It's the hometown of collegiate powerhouse Brigham Young University which provides Provo with a highly educated workforce, and has helped attract and retain companies like Google GOOGL Fiber, Novell, Ancestry.com, and Adobe ADBE as employers in the area. - Provo was recently named Outside Magazine's No. 2 Best Town in America, based on its vibrant economy and access to outdoor recreation.

Which industries are hiring: Education, software and technology, health care are all experiencing healthy growth, with the Latter Day Saints Church also chipping in with strong hiring, ZipRecruiter said.

5. Odessa, Texas
Unemployment Rate: 2.8% (as of November)
State Unemployment Rate: 4.6% (as of December)

Oil is the lifeblood of Odessa, Texas, which is probably best known to most Americans for its rich high school football tradition. Recently pegged by Forbes as one of the fastest growing small cities in the U.S., this small West Texas city has impressive job creation rate continues to outpace the expansion of its burgeoning population.

Which industries are hiring: Energy services and construction lead employment growth in Odessa, with strong showings by the health care and service industries, according to ZipRecruiter.

4. Sioux Falls, S.D.
Unemployment Rate: 4.2% (as of November)
State Unemployment Rate: 3.3% (as of December)

Less than three hours from Omaha, fast-growing Sioux Falls is a regional economic engine which consistently ranks in the top tier of small cities for job growth. Though popular for financial services companies due to its lack of state corporate income tax, the state's largest city has been diversifying beyond that.

Which industries are hiring: Health care and medical research and development for juvenile diabetes and breast cancer are two areas of focus for companies in the area, says Amy Smolik, a spokeswoman for the city's Chamber of Commerce.

In addition, manufacturing and agriculture services still have a strong footprint in the city, Smolik said. 

3. Rochester, Minn.
Unemployment Rate: 2.6% (as of November)
State Unemployment Rate: 3.6% (as of December)

Health care dominates Rochester, Minn., the state's third-largest city. Rochester, located less than two hours south of Minneapolis, is home to the world-renowned Mayo Clinic.

Which industries are hiring: Rochester is a major center of health care hiring, and stands to add thousands of construction jobs once the Mayo Clinic breaks ground on its billion dollar, decades-long expansion project. Wholesale and retail trade is the second largest employment sector in the county, with agriculture also still playing a major role in the local economy.

2. Fargo, N.D.
Unemployment Rate: 2.2% (as of November)
State Unemployment Rate: 2.8% (as of December)

Fargo is North Dakota's largest city. The city's job growth and income gains have outpaced the national average. Most impressively, job growth has kept pace with Fargo's double digit population growth over the last decade.

Which industries are hiring: While Fargo has been a major beneficiary of the region's oil boom production, education and health care are the main drivers of job growth in Fargo, with agriculture and manufacturing also contributing to the region's stellar job creation rate, ZipRecruiter found. 

1. Lincoln, Neb.
Unemployment Rate: 2.1% (as of November)
State Unemployment Rate: 2.9% (as of December)

Nebraska's second largest city is also its capital. Lincoln is ranked No. 6 on Forbes' list of Best Places for Business and Careers and takes ZipRecruiter's No. 1 position in best cities to get a job in 2015. The city, located approximately one hour from Omaha, has a "killer combination" of low unemployment, strong job growth and low ratio of applicants to open jobs.

Which industries are hiring: Lincoln's employment growth is outpacing the nation in construction, financial services, state government, manufacturing and health care.

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