20. Douglas County, CO
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Towns include: Castle Pines North, Castle Rock, Highlands Ranch, Lone Tree, Parker
Job growth (2010-2012): 9.1%

Douglas County is building up businesses and building out homes. Job gains are up across a range of sectors as new companies move in and existing ones bolster employee rolls.

Health care technology company TriZetto opened its new headquarters in Douglas and reportedly plans to hire 750 over five years. Credit-card company Visa reportedly is expected to add 400 new jobs within five years at its global technology center. Real estate investor Redwood Trust also plans to hire 500.

With these jobs come plans for a new 12,500-home subdivision. Denver's M.D.C. Holdings was recently tabbed to build the 3,400-acre Sterling Ranch site in northwest Douglas County. Homebuilding on this scale is expected to create hundreds of jobs, from construction and manufacturing to mortgages and real estate.

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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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