23. Maricopa County, AZ
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Towns include: Avondale, Chandler, Fountain Hills, Gilbert, Glendale, Goodyear, Mesa, New River, Peoria, Phoenix, Queen Creek, Scottsdale, Surprise, Tempe
Job growth (2010-2012): 8.9%

With an elevation exceeding 1,000 feet, it's no wonder Maricopa County business keeps rising. General Motors is planning to hire 1,000 employees for a new information technology innovation center there, while financial services firm USAA is expanding its northern Phoenix campus to accommodate 1,000 new employees.

Web-hosting company GoDaddy is building a new facility in Arizona State University Research Park and expects to hire hundreds of engineers, developers and customer service reps.

ZocDoc opened an office in the county to house service and sales pros. Sixty-six new workers this year and 650 within three years will help make scheduling doctor's appointments online a snap.

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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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