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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

#3. Salt Lake City, UT

Population: 180,651

Average Salary: $39,590

Firefighter Salary: $36,000

Cost of Living Rank (in a 1-100 list): 41

Average Commute Time: 23.4 minutes 

Job Growth Rank (in a list of 372 Highest Growth Cities): 36

Unemployment Rate: 5.2

Service-oriented Salt Lake City is not only home to the headquarters of the Mormon Church but is also the nation’s largest industrial banking center. With stimulus from seasonal outdoor recreation tourism and a recent rebound in information-sector jobs, Salt Lake City has high expectations for job growth both now and after the economy recovers. Salt Lake recently appointed its first female division chief, illustrating its commitment diversity.

Offering better employment conditions than most other large cities, Utah’s biggest city boasts the lowest unemployment rate and the second lowest average commute time on our list — boosting it right near the top.

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