10. Fort Worth

10. Fort Worth

2009 Rank:: NA
Entry-Level Employers: 32
Average Annual Pay: $41,140
Cost of Living Index: 89.7
Unemployment Rate: 8.1 percent

Beginning its life as a center for gambling and saloons, Fort Worth later became known for its livestock and then as a focal point of the Texas oil rush. The city is still defining itself, which gives recent college grads an incentive to move there. Once dependent on defense jobs, Fort Worth set out to diversify its business opportunities. Those efforts forged TECH Fort Worth, a nonprofit business incubator that helps entrepreneurs launch technology companies to help the environment, community, or health care. The job listings show demand for health-care workers in the city. Burlington Northern Santa Fe and RadioShack (RSH) are among the big companies with operations in Fort Worth.

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