This story originally appeared on Zippia.com.
If you’re a blue-collar worker, then you’re no stranger to hard work.
Day in and day out you wear yourself out for the betterment of the country. Whether you’re fighting fires or constructing a new hospital building, your skills in manual labor benefit the community.
Now, it’s no secret blue-collar workers work hard at their jobs. What they shouldn’t have to work hard at is finding the best cities to work in. Leave that to us. We’ll do the heavy lifting for this part of your journey, as we’ve found the best cities for blue-collar workers.
We looked at more than 200 cities and ranked them based on three factors.
We first examined median income in blue-collar professions in each city using data from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. This covers a range of blue-collar jobs, from higher-paying ones to ones that pay out less.
However, big paychecks can come with big bills. So, next we looked at average home costs. Owning a home is part of the American dream, just like a well-paying job that doesn’t require drowning in student loans, so a good city for blue-collar workers will have affordable housing.
Finally, we looked at union membership rates by state, from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Stronger unions lead to higher pay and better future opportunities for blue-collar workers.