City/metro area: Dallas
Available IT jobs: 1,451*
Average salary for senior systems engineer (computer networking/IT): $88,327**
Local attractions: The Dallas/Fort Worth area in Texas provides more wildlife than just what you'd find at a rodeo or on one of the many guest ranches the state features. The Fort Worth Zoo boasts more than 5,000 animals and the Dallas Zoo offers a peek at exotic and endangered species.
*According to jobs posted on Dice as of May 1, 2009
**According to PayScale, May 2009
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