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16. Montgomery County, TX
Montgomery County, TX
Towns include:  Conroe, The Woodlands
Job growth (2000-2007): 38.53%

With acres of available land, Montgomery County hosts the new corporate headquarters of energy firm Anadarko and holds office space for transportation giant Maersk. Located 40 miles north of Houston, it has attracted foreign manufacturers and distribution plants, including one for CVS pharmacy.

It also has a strong health care sector with two major hospitals. The county says its low cost of living and outdoor lifestyle - there's a 22,000 acre lake - have attracted droves of newcomers. --L.M.

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