The 9 best U.S. cities for jobs

  • ​2. Kansas City, Missouri

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    Kansas City was once dominated by stockyards and shipping, but has transformed into a city where service industries are thriving. The city of 2.1 million residents was also picked by Google to test Google Fiber, its ultra-high-speed Internet experiment.

    The city has some 29,000 job openings, which offer a median base salary of $46,000. Kansas City is also an affordable place to live, with a median home value of $138,500.

    Current job openings include investment consultant at Scottrade and software engineer at the Nerdery, a custom software company.