5 Cities Where Contractors Can Build a Better Life
Construction jobs make up over 6 percent of all jobs in America – more than all mining and farming jobs combined. And while some industries like technology may be concentrated in certain metros, every city in the country needs construction workers.
Whether you work on a road crew or in HVAC, you understand that construction has ebbs and flows, ups and downs. When winter or the rainy season begin cutting into your jobs, it can also start to eat away at your savings. A downturn in the local economy can have the same effect. If you’re tired of chasing a new contract every few months, check out these five cities where construction jobs are plentiful, new building is booming, and you’ll never want for a place to swing your hammer.
More people means more building and Los Angeles definitely has more people. With a population topping 4 million, the City of Angels has an abundance of work for any type of contractor. As an example, home improvement site HomeAdvisor recently rated LA as the top metro area for roofing contractors in the country.
Downtown Los Angeles is currently enjoying the biggest building boom Angelenos have seen since the 1920s, with billions of dollars being spent every year. Among the various projects is a brand new football stadium for LA’s incoming NFL teams, the Rams and the Chargers, which is set to be finished in 2020. This growth has helped Southern California add over 35,000 construction jobs, more than anywhere else in the country. If you’re looking for job security, sunny SoCal may be an ideal destination.
While you may be familiar with Scranton’s office jobs, the Electric City also boasts a significant amount of construction work. The city has shown steady growth in construction jobs in 2017 and the industry makes up over 10 percent of jobs locally. More importantly, however, is Scranton’s central location in relation to nearby cities and, farther out, metros like New York and Philadelphia.
Indeed, the immediate area surrounding Scranton is home to some of the oldest homes in America, homes that are certain to need ongoing improvements in the coming years. Scranton’s low crime rate and low cost of living make it perfect for workers looking for a small-town feel.
It’s not news that Colorado is a hotspot for jobs right now. With the second lowest unemployment rate in the country (2.5 percent) and a strong post-recession economy, Colorado Springs is a great place for contractors to find work. Bolstered by a tech boom up and down the I-25 corridor, Colorado Springs has seen huge gains in home buying and was just ranked one of the hottest real estate markets in the country.
And not only are people buying homes like crazy, they’re also improving them. According to property history firm BuildFax, nearly 15 percent of all the homes in Colorado Springs were remodeled in 2016, higher (by far) than any other city in the country. So for home improvement contractors, The Springs could be a serious boon.
Though battered by recent hurricanes and flooding, Houston is still an appealing destination for contractors. Hurricane Harvey created an incredible need for construction workers in the Bayou City, as some estimate that hundreds of thousands of homes will require construction work to address damages.
Prior to Harvey, Houston was already facing a labor shortage in the construction industry, where skilled, certified contractors are lacking. Many believe that rebuilding Houston could take years, which spells job security for laborers involved in the cleanup. What’s more, working in Houston presents the opportunity for construction workers to take ownership and pride in helping a city recover and build from a terrible disaster.
For the past few years, Provo has been an economic powerhouse. The Bureau of Economic Analysis recently found that Provo’s economy grew faster than any other metro in the country, making it the seventh fastest growing area in the U.S. That growth is no secret locally – Provo is second only to its northern neighbor Salt Lake City in contractors per capita nationwide.
Happy Valley’s growth can mostly be attributed to Utah’s bustling tech scene that runs up and down the Wasatch Front. Growth in tech-based jobs has made Utah a destination for young people looking to start their careers, meaning lots of home buying and building. And for contractors looking to break out on their own, Utah is often ranked among the best places to start a business.