A city in Colorado that's been exploding in growth over the past decade, Colorado Springs has been ranked as one of the best places in the country to find a job.
According to an analysis released by WalletHub that considered 180 cities and 32 metrics, Colorado Springs is the 9th best city to find a job in the country. While Colorado Springs ranked well overall, the city didn't rank extremely high across the board. This ranking was also at odds with another recently published job market forecast.
The WalletHub analysis divided metrics into two key categories – 'job market' and 'socio-economics.' Colorado Springs ranked high when it came to the local job market – 7th place – but much lower in socio-economics factors – 53rd of 180... good, not great. Factors like job opportunity, employment growth, average starting salary, and industry variety were included in the 'job market' analysis, while factors like housing affordability, dating-friendliness, and safety were included among 'socio-economic' metrics.
It's also worth noting that Colorado Springs wasn't the only spot in the Centennial State to be ranked in WalletHub's '2021 best cities for jobs' analysis. Denver ranked 55th and Aurora ranked 75th, the latter of which was pulled down by a 141st place ranking in socio-economic factors. Topping the WalletHub list of best cities for jobs was South Burlington, Vermont and Hialeah, Florida was ranked the lowest.
While this WalletHub analysis is quite positive about the employment outlook in Colorado Springs, other rankings related to the job hunt haven't cast the city in a similar light. According to an article published by the Colorado Springs Gazette in December, 2020, the city has been forecast to have the 4th worst job market in the nation for the first quarter of the year. In that analysis, Denver fared better than Colorado Springs, but both were behind compared to the national forecast.
As uncertainty continues amid a national pandemic, only time will tell which prediction is more correct.
See the full ranking and methodology of the WalletHub analysis here.