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12. Benton County, AR
Benton County, AR
Towns include:  Bella Vista, Bentonville, Rogers
Job growth (2000-2007): 43.13%

The home of Wal-Mart's world headquarters is a natural choice for a top job-growth area, but Benton County has even more to offer than low prices on toilet paper. JB Hunt Transport Service, one of the largest transportation logistics companies in North America, also does a thriving business there.

Crystal Bridges, a proposed $50 million museum of colonial American art, promises to do wonders for the local economy when it opens in 2009. This ambitious region will also be home to a minor-league hockey team and is hoping to lure a WNBA franchise as well. --B.B.

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Last updated July 28 2008: 10:24 AM ET
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