5. St. Johns County, FL
best places job growth st. augustine florida
Towns include: Fruit Cove, Palm Valley, Ponte Vedra, St. Augustine
Job growth (2010-2012): 12.1%

St. Johns County's vitals are strong. It's the healthiest county in Florida and leads the state in public education. Plus, the weather's gorgeous year-round. No wonder highly educated talent is being wooed there in droves.

Opportunities in clean manufacturing are big here. 2G Cenergy, an advanced clean energy technologies company from Germany, chose St. Augustine for its first manufacturing center in the U.S. The company has already hired 50 employees in the area, and expects to add 70 more in the next four years.

Meanwhile, defense contractor Northrop Grumman plans to build an aircraft-production center that would bring in 400 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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