10. Santa Rosa County, FL
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Towns include: Midway, Navarre, Pace
Job growth (2010-2012): 10.9%

Aerospace and manufacturing firms are landing in Santa Rosa County. Already a base for dozens of aviation fabrication and parts manufacturers, economic developers are focused on snagging more.

Avalex Technologies, a military surveillance equipment supplier, employs 60 workers at its new facility and expects to add staff, said Shannon Ogletree, director of economic development for Santa Rosa County. Priton, which makes quick assembly windows, doors, plumbing and electrical hookups for affordable housing, plans to hire 30 workers as it settles into its new home in Santa Rosa Industrial Park. WTEC, a renewable energy service company, is expanding with plans to hire more than 100 employees.

Tourists also are touching down in the county that has rebranded itself "Florida's playground." A recent study estimated that Santa Rosa has 1,144 jobs in the field.

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Source: Census data, Onboard Informatics projection. Only counties where each Best Place within it was also experiencing job and population growth, and where unemployment was below the national average, were considered. No more than 2 counties within a state could qualify.
  @Money - Last updated August 12 2013 10:34 AM ET
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