5. Douglas County, CO
Best Places Highland Ranch CO
Towns include: Highlands Ranch, Castle Rock
Job growth (2000-2011): 58.6%

Douglas County is on a Rocky Mountain High. The area is chalking up job gains, as companies choose to relocate and expand existing operations here.

With Denver to its north and Colorado Springs to the south, the county has the enviable position of being located between the state's two biggest cities. Its natural beauty and abundant sunshine don't hurt either.

Major firms like Dish Network, Sprint Nextel and Western Union all operate here. Health care IT firm TriZetto is constructing a new headquarters in the county's Meridian International Business Center, which is expected to add up to 750 jobs over the next five years.


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