The Midwest is the place to be if you’re looking for a job in manufacturing, according to a new report.
For its report, SmartAsset analyzed 378 metropolitan areas based on seven measurements, including manufacturing as a percentage of the workforce, housing costs as a percentage of the average income for manufacturing workers and the unemployment rate.
The report also looked at each city’s job and income growth between 2015 and 2018 and each city’s job and income growth between 2017 and 2018.
Aside from the overall ranking, SmartAsset also found that on average, 11.39% of jobs in the 378 cities in the report are in manufacturing.
Elkhart-Goshen, Ind., has the highest percentage of manufacturing jobs, making up 57.45% of the area’s jobs. Meanwhile, Laredo, Texas, has the lowest percentage, at .84% of the area’s jobs.
The report also found that manufacturing income has increased faster than manufacturing jobs.
According to SmartAsset, the average number of manufacturing jobs has only increased by 3.66% from 2015 to 2018, while manufacturing workers’ average income has increased by 6.44% during the same time.
To see the report’s top results, here are the 10 best cities for manufacturing jobs, according to SmartAsset.
- St. Joseph, Missouri-Kansas
- Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana
- Hinesville, Georgia
- Decatur, Illinois
- Spartanburg, South Carolina
- Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
- Columbus, Indiana
- Rome, Georgia
- Appleton, Wisconsin
- Staunton-Waynesboro, Virginia