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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

#16. Boston, MA

Population: 599,351

Average Salary: $51,730

Firefighter Salary: $49,700

Cost of Living Rank (in a 1-100 list): 80

Average Commute Time: 27.3 minutes 

Job Growth Rank (in a list of 372 Highest Growth Cities): 118

Unemployment Rate: 7.4   The unofficial “Capital of New England” is home to 21 four-year colleges and universities, making it a national center for higher education so make sure to pack your brand new fire science degree. These schools add to the local economy, not just by creating jobs but by attracting loads of high tech industries to the city. And at an average salary of $51,730, Boston boasts one of the highest incomes on our list. Living costs, however, are on the higher side, which pushes this iconic city farther down the list.

Bonus fun fact: The first telephone call was made in Boston.

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