In a recent study Amarillo ranked number one out of mid-sized cities across the United States for Fire Fighters. The study provided by AdvisorSmith conducted a study on 311 U.S. cities to determine the best places for firefighters to pursue their careers in. Their rankings were based on several key factors including average annual salary, cost of living, and location quotient, and cities were categorized into small, midsize, and large cities based on metropolitan statistical area population. After careful analysis, they determined the top 50 most attractive cities for firefighters.

Here is what the study determined:

Best Mid-Sized City for Firefighters:

    1. Amarillo, TX

    Amarillo, was the best city for firefighters in the study. Amarillo shares a semi-arid climate with many cities and regions in the South. Texas has one of the highest levels of wildfire risk in the nation, and this danger is only exacerbated in Amarillo by the dense acres of prairieland and tall grasses all around. Amarillo is the regional economic center for the Panhandle, and with a low unemployment rate of 2.6% and projected annual job growth of 1.1%, there are ample opportunities for firefighters.

The average firefighter salary in Amarillo is $61,450, 15% higher than the average firefighter salary in the U.S. There are 85% more firefighting jobs in Amarillo on a per-capita basis than the average U.S. city, and the cost of living is 16% below the national average.

Rounding out the best mid-sized cities in Texas were:

Waco #3

Corpus Christi #9

Longview #10

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