21. Anchorage County, AK
Best Places Job Growth Anchorage AK
Towns include: Anchorage
Job growth (2000-2011): 18.2%

It may be cold in Anchorage, but business is heating back up in this international trade hub. In the first five months of the year, employment jumped by 1,440 jobs from the same period last year -- an encouraging sign the local economy is bouncing back post-recession.

What's keeping things humming along? For one, Ted Stevens International Airport. A strategic refueling stop for international air cargo flights, the field is responsible for roughly one in 10 jobs in Anchorage.

While aviation and cargo are particularly sensitive to swings in the economy, other opportunities are buffering the job front. Tourism and mining are both on the upswing.

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