BEST CITIES FOR MID-LEVEL PROFESSIONALS

You're building your career, and you want a city with the maximum wind at your back, financially speaking.

You're building your career, and you want a city with the maximum wind at your back, financially speaking. To identify metro areas that would particularly appeal to mid-level professionals, these criteria were given extra weight: the average growth in creative-class wages between 2000 and 2005, average commute time and housing affordability. Of course, you'll also want all the perks that come with a cool city. See our top five choices by clicking the navigation bar to the right:

For a full explanation of our criteria click here. (opens in new tab)