Need a side job? The 10 best cities for 'gig economy' workers

The gig economy has become typified by piecemeal jobs found on platforms like Uber and Etsy, but that's just part of a larger sea change in the American labor force: 54 million workers considered themselves freelancers last year. Here are the 10 US cities with the most opportunities for them, according to Thumbtack.

2. Palm Bay, Fla.

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Spring breakers gather in South Beach at Miami Beach, Fla. (March 14, 2016). College students relax and have fun during their Spring Break.

Florida has more going for it than just sunshine: AngelList documents that there are 4,528 startups hiring in Florida. Palm Bay is located on Florida's "Space Coast," and one of the hottest private space flight companies, SpaceX, is currently hiring for jobs in Cape Canaveral. Palm Bay's startup scene may be further helped by Tampa, the major metropolitan area across the state. The Tampa Bay Technology Forum “is dedicated to advancing and promoting the people, projects and points of pride shaping the region’s future,” according to a statement on its website.

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