The Best Cities for Federal Jobs


All eyes are on careers in federal government. As the U.S. job market ebbs and flows, more job seekers search for the stability that a career in the federal government can provide. In fact, U.S. News and World Report named the position of government manager as one of the best career fields because of the good pay and benefits the public sector offers.

It's important to keep in mind that applying for a job in the federal government can be very competitive. You should research which agency has the most job openings and which agency is best for you. We've taken out part of the guess work for you and named the 10 best cities for federal jobs.

Washington, D.C. – More than 20 percent of federal jobs are found in the nation's capital. Most federal jobs are health care, defense or intelligence related.

Atlanta – The federal agencies hiring in this growing city are the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Internal Revenue Service, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Army Corps of Engineers and the Food Safety and Inspection Service.

San Antonio – Most of the agencies hiring in San Antonio are administered by the Department of Defense.

New York – The "Big Apple" offers federal jobs in health care, security and protection, as well as environmental-related jobs.

Philadelphia – Most of the jobs in Philadelphia are inspection related or in the health care field.

Dallas/Ft.Worth – The Dallas/Ft. Worth area is the largest metropolitan city in Texas and the fourth largest in the United States. Federal jobs in this city can be found in engineering, inspection, and defense.

Chicago – Most of the federal jobs in Chicago are in the finance, law and biological sciences fields.

Baltimore – The city's main economic base has shifted from manufacturing to the service sector. In fact, the largest employer is no longer Bethlehem Steel but the Johns Hopkins University and Hospital. Most of the federal jobs are found in health care.

Tampa – The need for additional personnel at the Air Force Reserve Headquarters at MacDill AFB is fueling the surge of federal jobs in the Tampa area, reports

Denver – The Department of the Interior and the Veteran Health Administration are responsible for the bulk of the glut of federal jobs in the area.

Columbus Low unemployment and an affordable average rent of $809 make Columbus an attractive place to find a job, and the federal government is one of the largest employers in the area.

Greensboro Greensboro features a quickly growing working-age population, and the U.S. Postal Service provides a large number of jobs for the city.

Oklahoma City Oklahoma's capital enjoys an unemployment rate of 3.9% and an average rent of $747. One of the largest employers in the area is Tinker Air Force Base, a auronautical center run by the Federal Aviation Administration.

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