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10. Collier County, FL
Collier County, FL
Towns include:  Golden Gate, Naples
Job growth (2000-2007): 43.88%

The seasonal nature of Collier's tourism industry has gradually given way to a more even economy as more people take up permanent residence there. The county has seen rapid growth in its service industry.

Retail, construction and hotel businesses are the major employers, but health care and professional services businesses have been growing rapidly. The Chamber of Commerce for the City of Naples, which serves the entire county, has been registering between 30 and 40 new businesses per month. --K.M.

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Last updated July 28 2008: 10:24 AM ET
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