24. Washington County, TN
Best Places Job Growth Johnson City TN
Towns include: Johnson City
Job growth (2000-2011): 10.5%

Washington County is ready to serve you. From its many call centers serving companies like AT&T and Citigroup to a thriving health care industry, opportunities abound for individuals who can deliver top-quality service and care.

Situated in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, the area was once a major steel production center. But in recent decades, the county has aggressively made moves to adapt to major economic shifts.

Health care is now a major industry in Washington County, with many jobs concentrated along the Med-Tech Corridor, where Mountain States Health Alliance system -- the area's largest employer -- is based, along with a slew of medical facilities and East Tennessee State University's medical school.

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