6. Utah County, UT
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Towns include: Alpine, American Fork, Cedar Hills, Eagle Mountain, Highland, Lehi, Lindon, Orem, Payson, Pleasant Grove, Provo, Saratoga Springs
Job growth (2010-2012): 11.6%

Utah County is playing up its values to attract jobs. Local boosters tout its hardworking, well-educated, high-integrity workforce and some of the lowest utility costs in the nation.

Novell, Nuskin and Ancestry.com have operated in the county for some time. Newcomers include Adobe Systems, which now houses 1,100 employees in a $107 million campus in Lehi.

And don't forget the little guys. Smaller businesses such as Downtown Provo's 150 retail stores and 48 homegrown restaurants are helping give employment figures a boost.

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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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