Tyler is the county seat of Smith County, Texas, and is named after President John Tyler. The population of this city is around 107,405. Tyler is also known as the Rose Capital of the World, because it was the first city to commercialize and sell roses, and it has the country's largest rose garden. Today, around 20 percent of the roses produced in the country come from Tyler. The city is also home to the Adopt-a-Highway program, which started here in 1985.
Residents in Tyler enjoy a cost of living that's 9.6 percent lower than the state average, and 16.1 percent lower than the national average. This means that goods, services, groceries, transportation, housing, utilities, and health care in Tyler are all cheaper than the national average. The price of coffee in Tyler is $3.45, which is 22.4 percent below the national average, and the price of a pizza is $8, which is 13.9 percent below the average. Additionally, the average price for gas in Tyler is about $3.06, which is 6.1 percent lower.
Tyler Job Opportunities
Trinity Mother Frances Health System is the largest employer of Tyler, TX jobs, with 3,775 employees. East Texas Medical Center is the next largest employer for jobs in Tyler, with 3,153 employees. However, manufacturing jobs in Tyler, TX are also on the rise. The area is home to many companies in the manufacturing sector, including Tyler Pipe, Carrier, Trane and Vesuvius USA. Additionally, Adams Engineering is headquartered in Tyler.
The city is also home to Brookshire Grocery Company, which employs around 2,600 people in Tyler jobs. The company's main distribution center is in the southern part of the city, and SouthWest Foods, a subsidiary of Brookshire that processes dairy, is in the northeast area of the city.
Those seeking jobs in Tyler, TX can also look south of the city to Jacksonville, Texas. The top employers in this town include Stage Stores Distribution Center, Stream Global and Jacksonville Independent School District.
Tyler Employment Trends
The unemployment rate in Tyler as of July 2014 was 5.7 percent. While this is just slightly above the 5.1 percent unemployment rate in the state of Texas, it's still below the national rate of 6.3 percent. However, with growth for Tyler jobs at 1.6 percent and a predicted future job growth of 38.5 percent, it's clear why Forbes listed Tyler as one of the best small places for careers and business.