Especially now, plentiful job opportunities are key to making a great place to live. These 25 counties have experienced the most job growth over the last nine years.
Job growth (2000-2009): 50.1%
Sandwiched between Boulder and Denver, Broomfield County has benefitted from the wave of high-tech growth in the area. Tech heavyweights like Oracle, Level 3 Communications, Ball Corporation, VMware, and Brocade Communications call Broomfield County home, and IBM, Seagate, and Avaya are nearby.
Broomfield's proximity to the region's big cities mean many residents commute to work, but the interstate is not one-way. Broomfield companies employ residents from the entire Denver metropolitan area.
The county's well educated workforce is well-able to meet high-tech employer demands: according to the Broomfield Economic Development Corporation, 38% of residents over age 25 hold a bachelor's degree or higher. -- F.R.
NEXT: Hamilton County, IN