Where the jobs are

Especially in a tough economy, plentiful job opportunities are key to making a great place to live. These 25 counties have experienced the most job growth over the last eight years.

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12. St. Johns County, FL
St. Johns County, FL
Towns include:  Fruit Cove, St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra, Palm Valley
Job growth (2000-2008): 56.0%

Just south of Jacksonville with 40 miles of scenic beaches and the number one school district in the state, St. Johns County has seen a wave of young families coming to the area.

Now the county is working on incentives, like lower fees on new development, to attract businesses as well. County Commissioner Mark Miner hopes that will bring more manufacturers and other non-service oriented firms, going forward. Some of the largest existing employers located there include the Florida National Guard, defense contractor Northrop Grumman and Flagler hospital, all located in St. Augustine.

NEXT: Pasco County, FL
Last updated July 21 2009: 4:23 PM ET
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