Kiplinger's takes a look at the top five metro areas for mid-career professionals. Best Cities for Mid-Career Professionals
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Best Cities for Mid-Career Professionals

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Seasoned professionals looking to get a fresh start may consider moving to a new city to help revive their careers. High-paying jobs and an affordable real estate market are key deciding factors for this group.

To identify the Best Cities for Mid-Career Professionals, Kiplinger teamed up with Kevin Stolarick, research director at the Martin Prosperity Institute, a think tank that studies economic prosperity. All of the cities on our list have reasonable living costs, strong employment growth and a population that scores high on measures of education and tech-savviness. For mid-career professionals, we also factored in homeownership affordability, commute times and income growth.

The cost-of-living index measures how expensive it is to live in a city; the national average score is 100. That means cities with a score below 100 have a lower-than-average cost of living. Nationwide, median household income is $43,024, and median income growth from 2006 to 2011 was 11.1%. The national unemployment rate is 8.2%.

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