Top 25 Cities for Cops
#18. Charlotte, NC
City’s Average Salary: $41,200
Starting Salary for Police Officers: $40,245
Cost of Living Rank (in a 1-100 list): 36
Job Growth Rank (in a list of 372 Highest Growth Cities): 125
Unemployment Rate: 11.9
Home of eight Fortune 500 companies including retail giants Lowe’s and Family Dollar, this North Carolina city offers a solid salary to cost of living ratio. However, this has also left it more vulnerable to the economic downturn, especially with the fallout at Bank of America which is also headquartered in the city. It would have scored higher on the list were it not for the drastic increase in unemployment since last year (up 6%).