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10 best, worst U.S. cities for business, careers

Job hunters are happy just securing a job, but they're even happier when they find a job in a financially healthy city (comparatively) with a high quality of life. • For 12 years, Forbes magazine has released a list based on such data, including the cost of doing business, taxes, education, crime, projected job growth, household income, unemployment rate, home prices and other factors. Unfortunately, the "Best Places for Business and Careers" list doesn't include frugal-living data, but it serves as an excellent starting point for both job hunters and employers interested in relocating. • The top of this year's list is filled with Midwestern and Western cities, areas with reasonable business costs, strong economic outlooks and a solid quality of life.

10 best metro cities

1. Des Moines, Iowa .

2. Provo, Utah

3. Raleigh, N.C.

4. Fort Collins, Colo.

5. Lincoln, Neb.

6. Denver

7. Omaha, Neb.

8. Huntsville, Ala.

9. Lexington, Ky.

10. Austin, Texas

10 best smaller cities

1. Sioux Falls, S.D. .

2. Iowa City, Idaho

3. Manhattan, Kan.

4. Bismarck, N.D.

5. Logan, Utah

6. Auburn, Ala.

7. Bend, Ore.

8. Columbia, Mo.

9. Fargo, N.D.

10. Morgantown, W.Va.

10 worst cities

Not surprisingly, the majority of the 10 worst cities are in financially strapped California and the two primary auto-manufacturing cities of Detroit and Flint, Mich.

1. Merced, Calif.

2. Vallejo, Calif.

3. Modesto, Calif.

4. Flint, Mich.

5. Salinas, Calif.

6. Utica, N.Y.

7. Detroit

8. Stockton, Calif.

9. Youngstown, Ohio

10. Canton, Ohio

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