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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5. Douglas County, CO
Douglas County, CO
Towns include:  Castle Rock, Parker, Stonegate, Lone Tree, Highlands Ranch
Job growth (2000-2008): 69.7%

Located midway between the state's two largest cities, Denver and Colorado Springs, "Dougco" attracts a highly educated and skilled workforce because of its proximity to the state's major employment hubs. A well developed transportation system that includes an airport, light rail and newly expanded freeway system along with a favorable tax rate also make Dougco a good home for businesses.

The county's commitment to economic development is clearly paying off. In January, Charles Schwab announced the company would bring over 500 jobs to the area. New positions are primarily in the Information Technology sector with an average wage of $75,000 a year, according to Public Affairs Director Wendy Holmes.

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Last updated July 21 2009: 4:23 PM ET
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