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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

#4. Oklahoma City, OK

Population: 547,274

Average Salary: $35,970

Firefighter Salary: $39,000

Cost of Living Rank (in a 1-100 list): 15

Average Commute Time: 18.7 minutes 

Job Growth Rank (in a list of 372 Highest Growth Cities): 44

Unemployment Rate: 5.6

Ranked by Forbes magazine as 2008’s most recession-proof American city, Oklahoma City is still bustling with the prospect of significant job growth. Their fire department has 35 strategically located fire stations that respond to over 52,000 emergencies per year. With last year’s up trend in the leisure and hospitality sector as well as employment increases in natural resources, wholesale, mining and construction, Oklahoma’s capital city has managed to hold steady with an impressively low change in unemployment rate since the recession’s outbreak. Our #4 pick remains a center for government and energy exploration while also continuing to foster positive working environments, boasting an exceptionally low average commute time for workers and a sensible income to cost of living ratio.

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