Suburbs have an interesting history. In the 20th century, modern suburbs grew out of post-war era ideals and were inextricably linked to housing concepts from the 1950s. Suburbs are generally mixed-use areas within commuting distance of a major city. At one time, residents of the suburbs would drive to the companies located within the City, but that has shifted significantly over the last half a century. Now, large corporations are headquartered in suburban areas. This gives employees a choice: work in the heart of a city center or the outlying suburbs. Why are the suburbs more ideal for some job seekers? Let’s take a closer look.
Working in the suburbs could mean that you have closer access to your job. You may only commute a short distance within your town or to a neighboring area rather than long distances into a downtown location. Reduced commutes have been shown to improve overall performance and job satisfaction.
The suburbs have what are known as “everywhere jobs.” These are jobs that exist both in and out of cities and are accessible to anyone with the skills to perform them. For example, some jobs are location-specific such as mining or certain types of manufacturing. But “everywhere jobs” are necessary for all locations, which could apply to your job search as well as that of your family when considering relocation.
Suburbs can be new developments by nature, which can mean the infrastructure, including roads and buildings, is more recent than their city-based counterparts. Mixed-use developments also tend to pop up in suburban areas, improving access to markets, restaurants, and entertainment spaces near both work and home.
Schools and Housing
The suburbs are also known for access to schools and more affordable housing than urban areas. This may make a big difference for you and your family when deciding if you would rather live and work in a suburban versus a city-based environment. Considering your family and your budget should always be a big part of accepting a job offer.
Are you considering where your next job should be? Contact Alliance Employment Group today to learn more.