15. Bonneville County, ID
Best Places Job Growth Idaho Falls ID
Towns include: Idaho Falls
Job growth (2000-2011): 28.1%

Job creation could get an atomic-sized boost in Bonneville County soon. French nuclear energy giant AREVA has plans to build a multi-billion dollar uranium enrichment plant here. The development has been held up due to financing issues, but it could provide a big construction boon if it goes ahead.

AREVA's choice of Bonneville County is well-calculated. Home to the Idaho National Laboratory, a major R&D facility for the Department of Energy and a key local employer, the county has a strong relationship with the nuclear energy industry.

Situated in southeast Idaho, Bonneville County is also a major health care and retail center for surrounding areas. With Yellowstone National Park nearby, tourism is a driver of the local economy.


  @Money - Last updated August 20 2012 08:49 AM ET
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