Top 25 Cities for Firefighters
Tania Khadder, Anna Hennings, Adam Starr, Alice Handley | FireLink
May 13, 2011
#15. Charlotte, NC
Average Salary: $41,200
Firefighter Salary: $39,000
Cost of Living Rank (in a 1-100 list): 36
Average Commute Time: 25.2 minutes
Job Growth Rank (in a list of 372 Highest Growth Cities): 125
Unemployment Rate: 11.7
Charlotte employs over 1100 men and women and is a competitive but excellent house for firefighters. Home to the nation’s largest financial asset – Bank of America – as well as a number of Fortune 500 companies, this comfortable North Carolina city offers a solid salary to cost of living ratio. However, this has also left it more vulnerable to the economic downturn. It would have scored higher on our list, were it not for the drastic increase in unemployment since last year (up 6%).
Bonus fun fact: Charlotte has two nuclear power plants!