We looked at Money's top 100 Best Places to Live and found these lucky towns that also enjoy jobless rates far below the 10% national average.
Towns include: Urbandale
Best Places to Live rank: 42
Unemployment rate: 4.7%
One thing Iowa has always had plenty of is land, and with that has come an abundance of farms followed by an increase in the number of agricultural and bioscience companies. Now warehouses and industrial parks are flocking to the area.
While agriculture and small town living remains the backbone of the community, today's top employers include Wells Fargo and life insurance provider Aviva USA. Because of that balance, Dallas remained somewhat sheltered from the financial fallout last year.
"There was a little bit of flatlining that occurred but we saw very little layoffs," according to Linda Schaut, executive director of the Greater Dallas County Development Alliance.
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Last updated December 30 2009: 7:51 AM ET
BLS unemployment data is from October, the most recent available.