9 Best Places & Cities To Work In America

What is the best place (city) to work in America, and why? 

To help you determine the best places to work from in America, we asked business owners and travelers this question for their best insights. From California hotspots to Durham North Carolina, there are several cities that you should consider while looking for the best place to work from. 

Here are the nine best cities and places to work in America:

  • Scottsdale, Arizona
  • Los Angeles, California
  • Salt Lake City, Utah
  • San Jose, California
  • Phoenix, Arizona
  • Remotely
  • Durham, North Carolina
  • Denver, Colorado
  • San Francisco, California

Scottsdale, Arizona

There are many reasons why Scottsdale is one of the best cities in America to work in. For starters, WalletHub has named Scottsdale as the best place in America to find a job for 2019 and 2020 and is still in the top ten for 2021. The Scottsdale economic development department reported that the city is home to more than 25,000 businesses with nearly 20% of Arizona corporate headquarters based in Scottsdale. As for lifestyle, although many residents work from home, the Arizona weather and grid system make commuting to and from work a breeze. The Scottsdale lifestyle can be stereotyped as “upscale”, but there are plenty of outdoor activities, foodie stops, art, and shopping to fit everyone’s interests.

Adrian James, Markitors

Los Angeles, California

LA remains the best city to work in America. It is not dependent on one industry and has a diverse set of companies that call LA its home. It provides a great balance of opportunity and has had population growth for some time now. Traffic is an issue, but with so many companies adopting a remote work policy, this eliminates this problem. The city has a lot going for it and offers a lot to do both in the city, on the beach, and hiking in the mountains. The weather is always nice and the cost of living is less than in other places such as San Fransisco. LA is a great place to start a company and there is plenty of talent to hire to help your company grow.

Jeremy Gardner, MadeMan

Salt Lake City, Utah

Salt Lake City, Utah. This city is beautiful. In the workplace category, there are a lot of companies there for job seekers that are dedicated to healthcare, finance, technology, and scientific research. This is true even if a job seeker is just starting out and has an absence of salary history. The air in the city also smells clean, and it has so many options for fun outdoor activities.

Adam Reed, Crown & Paw

San Jose, California

San Jose, California is one of the best places to work in America. It has the affordability factor compared to nearby San Francisco, but still has access to many businesses. Located in the beautiful Santa Clara Valley, San Jose is also located in the heart of Silicon Valley. It has a decent city score, and when you’re not working there are plenty of parks, restaurants, and coffee shops to explore. There are also a lot of outdoor activities to partake in, which has been great during the covid 19 pandemic. I can’t recommend San Jose enough.

Melanie Bedwell, Olipop

Phoenix, Arizona

The best place in America to work is wherever the companies are that can best make use of your unique talents. Not only that, but it’s going to be where you’ll find the companies that most recognize your value as a candidate. I know I’m partial to the area, but on both counts, I think cities throughout Arizona have the best mix of talent and those capitalizing on it.

Thorin Yee, Best Companies AZ


The best place to work is remotely. While it’s not an exact city, telecommuting allows employees to work from anywhere in the world. They can take this time to relocate every few months or so, and experience other ways of living and what is best for their lifestyle. If someone is looking for a great nightlife scene, they may consider Miami in the winter, and head to Los Angeles in the warmer months. The flexibility that a virtual office provides is unmatched.

Corey Ashton Walters, Here

Durham, North Carolina

Durham makes it into the top five of Livability’s official rankings of the greatest places to live. The study’s criteria focused on small to mid-sized cities rather than larger, more well-known skylines, and took into account where residents can take advantage of a wide range of amenities, including social wellness outlets like parks and museums, as well as different commuting options and health care. It’s no surprise that Durham is known as “the medical city” with a low cost of living and a high number of hospitals. The town is highly praised for its attractions, such as the Museum of Life and Science. Residents enjoy the town’s attractions, which include the Durham Performing Arts Center, which is one of the most popular theatres in the country.

Sumit Bansal, TrumpExcel

Denver, Colorado

There has been considerable discussion over the last five years regarding California citizens moving to Colorado to start new lives due to the high expense of living. When you see the Denver skylines against snow-capped mountains, it’s almost obvious why the city is on our list of work-life balance cities. Local businesses can flourish and succeed as more people move to the Rocky Mountain region, and new cultural factors are impacting them. Employees demand balance, employers encourage it, and the economy encourages it. Economic growth in the Denver metropolitan area is expected to continue for the foreseeable future, which speaks well enough for Denver. Best of all, compared to other cities, the cost of living is extremely low, and the state excels at providing recreational opportunities. There are plenty of play options nearby, as well as some legendary sports teams, with typical seasons and natural beauty all around.

Kathryn Smithson, PathSocial

San Francisco, California

Northern California is known for its beautiful coastline and major metropolitan icons such as the Golden Gate Bridge. In this way, a dynamic metropolis with a diverse range of employment opportunities embodies the ideal of a work-life balance by combining natural parks with a vibrant nightlife. With the tech industry heading its way, Sunset magazine ranked the city as the best place to launch a career. US News & World Report ranks San Francisco as one of the top five holiday destinations in the United States, so its leisure department must be doing something right. Of course, like with every large metropolis, the issue of high living costs exists, but there are ways to combat it. Residents and visitors can cut down costs on gas by taking advantage of public transit, which they can use to spend on family, friends, or other recreational activities. Residents can enjoy natural wonders on a budget because there are many free public locations to play in.

Danny Trichter, Accessibility Checker