10. Stamford, CT
Stamford, Connecticut is a town of over 110,000 residents, and offers a small-town feel amidst big-city amenities. Less than an hour’s travel from the financial hub of New York City, Stamford has attracted numerous finance professionals looking for hedge fund jobs with firms such as Parker Global Strategies, SAC Capital Advisors, and LYZ Capital Advisors LLC.
Eighty percent of the securities jobs in the state are located in Stamford, and a massive influx of capital has resulted in the generation of new jobs in the area as the hedge fund industry recovers from recent market corrections.
Despite its modest size, Stamford ranks in the top ten cities in the nation for total assets managed by hedge funds headquartered in the area, and is known as the “Corporate City” due to the large number of Fortune 500 companies located within the area. According to Sperling’s Best Places, Stamford offers a cost of living that is 80.7 percent higher than the national average, but offers better education spending and lower unemployment.
Located in southern Connecticut along the “Gold Coast”, on the shore of the Long Island Sound, Stamford offers plenty of pleasant scenery and a variety of recreational activities for both tourists and residents.