12. Wake County, NC
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Towns include: Apex, Cary, Holly Springs, Knightdale, Raleigh, Wake Forest
Job growth (2010-2012): 10.7%

Wake County's got talent -- and it's keeping it. A stellar educational pipeline, including exceptional public schools and three Tier 1 research universities within 30 minutes, is making the area a hotbed of recruitment in technology, life sciences and other sectors.

Newcomers are investing heavily. Global insurance company MetLife is opening a tech center in Cary bringing $70 million and more than 1,000 jobs to the county, said Jennifer Bosser of Wake County Economic Development. Research and analytics firm Evalueserve is creating 400 new jobs with its $5.9 million investment, Bosser said.

Existing companies also are expanding their operations. Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics announced a $60 million investment in its local business, and Deutsche Bank Global Technology is investing $13.5 million to add more than 400 jobs to its software ops, according to Bosser.

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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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