According to new research commissioned by staffing firm Robert Half and conducted by The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), Washington, D.C., ranks fourth in the nation as the best destination for career-oriented professionals among 25 large U.S. metropolitan areas studied. The city’s high salaries, cultural diversity and strong showing in quality of life indicators, including the quality of education and amount of park space, helped it reach the number four spot.
In addition to D.C., Seattle, Boston, San Francisco and Raleigh ranked among the top-five cities overall.
The Robert Half Career City Index is a benchmarking tool that ranks 25 U.S. cities across 25 indicators that measure and influence career choices, quality of life and work-life balance. The indicators are separated into four main categories: career prospects, quality of life, cost of living and cultural diversity. The study quantifies different aspects that make a city unique and factors that individuals may consider when deciding where to move.
“Washington, D.C., has bright career prospects not only in government, but also industries including technology and education,” said Josh Howarth, senior regional president for staffing firm Robert Half. “A highly-educated and diverse workforce coupled with a culturally rich city with so much to offer its residents, from arts and entertainment to impressive park space, makes it an appealing option for professionals considering relocation.”