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Top 25 Cities for Firefighters

Top 25 Cities for Firefighters

Tania Khadder, Anna Hennings, Adam Starr, Alice Handley | FireLink

May 13, 2011

#15. Charlotte, NC

Population: 671,588

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!

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