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When you think of oil and gas in America, you think about Texas. It’s home to the largest oil-producing region in the country, the Permian Basin, and it also has a slew of offshore hotspots that help contribute to the national supply of oil. But if the Permian Basin isn’t where you want to lay down roots, there are a few other interesting cities and states to consider when looking for a dynamic place to work in the oil and gas industry.

Here’s our top ten:

  1. Houston, TX
  2. Midland, TX
  3. Denver, CO
  4. Anchorage, AK
  5. Lafayette, LA
  6. Allentown, PA
  7. Austin, TX
  8. Dallas, TX
  9. Colorado Springs, CO
  10. Bakersfield, CA

It seems that Houston, TX will always be the center of the American oil and gas industry. It’s the fourth most populous city in the United States, and with over 5,000 energy firms doing business in the area, Houston should keep a firm hold on the top spot for oil and gas jobs in America for years to come.

Midland, TX follows at a close second because it’s located right in the middle of the Permian Basin, which has always been a hot spot for jobs in the oil industry. Nearby Odessa is also a great city to plant your roots should you decide to pursue a career in this field.

Denver comes in at third because of the nearby Wattenberg Gas Field. Wattenberg is the ninth largest natural gas field in the nation, and it also outputs close to 50 million barrels of oil per year, ranking it fourth in the nation.

Anchorage is an interesting addition to the list for anyone looking for adventure. Alaska is the second most oil-rich state in America, and it’s home to Prudhoe Bay which is a powerhouse in both the oil and gas industries. Many residents of Anchorage enjoy the third highest annual median pay of any city for all gas and oil engineering jobs.

A few other standouts on the list are Lafayette, LA, which is located near a slew of offshore drilling sites, and Allentown, PA, which is situated near the Marcellus Formation, also known as the largest natural gas field in the nation.

So, although Texas still dominates the top ten places to live for oil and gas work, there are other great locations to live, work, and play.

Photo courtesy of the American Petroleum Institute.

About The Author Thomas Kuegler

I am a full-time journalist, travel blogger, and digital nomad currently traveling the United States. I'm a regular contributor at The Huffington Post, and my work has also been featured on sites like The Inquisitr and The Odyssey Online. Some of my hobbies include cooking, reading, and having uncontrollable fits of excitement whenever I see dogs. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Marketing from Messiah College, and in the future I want to backpack Europe by myself, meeting amazing and wonderful people around every corner.