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15 Satellite Cities Poised to Thrive in 2018

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Job seekers often overlook the small and medium cities located near or in-between the big hubs. These smaller “satellite” cities benefit from expanding regional business growth, while offering lower housing and commuter costs, putting less of a squeeze on employee salaries than more expensive, congested places a few hours away.

That can mean both abundant job opportunities and budget-friendly home prices for folks looking to relocate. Check out these 15 up-and-coming satellite cities where the job markets are hot but the cost of living won’t eat all of your paycheck. All of these cities’ job markets have been growing faster than the national average, most have lower jobless rates than the national average, and all are expected to continue to outperform economically this year.

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Karla Rivera also contributed to this report.

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Unemployment rates as of December 2017. Population data is as of 2016.

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