22. Pennington County, SD
Best Places Job Growth Rapid City SD
Towns include: Rapid City
Job growth (2000-2011): 16.0%

If you want to carve out new career opportunities, head to Mount Rushmore in Pennington County. Tourism is at the core of the economy here, but local leaders are working hard to broaden its base.

The low cost of doing business is attracting companies in the medical, military and technology space, while area infrastructure is improving. A $21 million expansion of the Rapid City Regional Airport is expected to be finished by mid-2013.

Besides being affordable, Pennington County is a paradise for nature lovers. Located in the heart of South Dakota's stunning Black Hills region, it's also part of the fossil-rich Badlands National Park.

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