7. Madison County, AL
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Towns include: Huntsville, Madison
Job growth (2010-2012): 11.5%

The U.S. military and private defense contractors are commanding growth in Madison County. Army base Redstone Arsenal is rapidly expanding its 37,000-strong workforce. Defense companies Yulista Management Services and SAIC have both snapped up buildings in the Jetplex Industrial Park, adjacent to Huntsville's International Airport.

Cummings Research Park, the second-largest research park in the country, is central to the county's jobs success. It's a hub around which large employers, high-tech businesses and U.S. space and defense agencies revolve.

But the military isn't the only game in town. Toyota recently broke ground on an expansion of its V-6 engine operation there that will add more than 100 jobs by early next year, while Carpenter Technology has selected a site for a new manufacturing facility that's expected to employ 200.

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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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