21. Kalamazoo County, MI
best places job growth kalamazoo michigan
Towns include: Portage
Job growth (2010-2012): 9.0%

Upjohn Company may have put Kalamazoo on the corporate map, but a diverse team of local scientists, entrepreneurs and economic developers are keeping it there.

The county's Business Technology and Research Park, next to Western Michigan University's engineering complex, is forging strong connections among the school and resident life-sciences, engineering and IT businesses. New addition Newell Rubbermaid announced plans to build a design and innovation center in the park, bringing 100 new, well-paying jobs.

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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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