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Top 10 Cities for Accountants

Steve Berman | LedgerLink

10. Seattle, WA

Rain, shmain. Forget the gloomy reputation, Seattle is one of the most beautiful cities in the country and an excellent choice for accountants and auditors. The salaries are pretty respectable, the cost of living isn’t off the charts and there are plenty of diverse businesses to work for. It’s also the headquarters of Moss Adams, the eleventh largest accounting firm in the United States. Another bonus: Seattle is full of smart people (with the highest percentage of high school and college grads on this list), so while the employment market may be competitive at least you’ll have a lot of interesting people to talk to.

Average Salaries for Accounting Jobs:
Accountant/Auditor: $66,950
Bookkeeper: $38,460

Population: 565,000
Unemployment rate (Nov. 09): 8.8%
High School Graduates: 91%
Bachelor’s Degree or Higher: 53%
Mean Travel Time to Work (in minutes): 25
Homeownership Rate: 51%

No. 9: One Half of the Twin Cities