Top 25 Cities for Culinary Jobs
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#1. Denver, CO
Average Chef Salary: $48,667
Cost of Living Rank (in a 1-100 list): 47
Average Commute Time: 22.6 minutes
Job Growth Rank (in a list of 372 Highest Growth Cities): 113
Unemployment Rate: 7.9
Denver is our top pick for culinary jobs, with a great local foods scene and a culture focusing on health and fitness, residents comes here to enjoy the good life. Emphasizing employment in air transportation, telecommunications, aerospace, and manufacturing, Denver is also a major energy research center and the regional headquarters for government agencies. Its bustling downtown financial district is considered the “Wall Street of the Rockies,” housing both major national and international banks. And that’s not all — Denver is 346 miles west of the exact geographic center of the country, placing it in a great spot for future economic development and growth.
Bonus fun fact: Denver is the only city ever to turn down the Olympics.