Towns include: Rockwall
Job growth (2000-2006): 37.4%
The state's smallest county but one of its biggest in job growth, this Dallas suburb has grown from a commuter's town to a bustling hub of economic activity. Led by The Harbor, a 38-acre conglomeration of office, retail and restaurant space along the shores of Lake Hubbard, local leaders endorse the virtues of such public/private partnerships as the key to economic prosperity. The lake itself also provides an economic development focal point and is a key promoter of tourism and entertainment.