A recently released report shows Northwest Ohio is one of the top four locations in the country for construction workers to live and work.
ABODO, an apartment search app, has released a series of reports discussing what cities offer the highest job density, best pay and most affordable rental prices for a certain occupation.
In July, they focused on the construction industry and their data shows construction workers should want to live and work in Northwest Ohio!
The Toledo metropolitan area finished behind Baton Rouge, La., Detroit-Dearborn-Livonia, Mich. and Fort Wayne, Ind. as the best location in the nation for construction workers.
The report looked at 76 metropolitan areas throughout the United States. The ABODO study showed Northwest Ohio has some of the lowest one-bedroom apartment rental prices in the nation, combined with a high amount of good paying construction jobs.
Northwest Ohio ranked 22 in median wages and fifth in one-bedroom median rent. This helped the region earn a 7.29 income-to-rent ratio, which was good for fourth in the country.
When employment per 1,000 jobs was added to the mix, northwest Ohio remained in fourth place. Overall, the region finished with a score of 10.27 out of 20.
One of the reasons for the region to score so high is because members of the Northwest Ohio Building Trades work under collective bargaining agreements and Prevailing Wage laws, which help ensure members receive good wages, healthcare and retirement benefits.
Additionally, over the past two years, Northwest Ohio has consistently ranked in the top 20 nationally in construction jobs, as the region continues to reinvest in private and public infrastructure using the highly-skilled and highly trained members of the Northwest Ohio Building Trades.
The report also highlights a continued nationwide trend that shows regions with Prevailing Wage tend to have construction workers who earn a higher median wage than those in areas without Prevailing Wage Laws.