Money's list of America's best small towns


Fastest job growth
Here are the counties with the highest percentage job growth (2000-2008).
Rank County Towns include Job growth % 2000-2008
1 Pinal County, AZ Gold Camp 95.90%
2 Rockwall County, TX Rockwall 84.90%
3 Kendall County, IL Yorkville, Oswego 83.40%
4 Loudoun County, VA Leesburg 76.90%
5 Douglas County, CO Castle Rock, Parker, Stonegate, Lone Tree, Highlands Ranch 69.70%
6 Fort Bend County, TX Stafford, Pecan Grove, Katy 61.30%
7 Henry County, GA McDonough, Stockbridge 60.50%
8 Lake County, FL Minneola, Clermont, Mount Dora 60.20%
9 Matanuska-Susitna Borough, AK Wasilla 58.50%
10 Union County, NC Indian Trail, Stallings 57.50%
11 Hamilton County, IN Westfield, Noblesville 56.80%
12 St. Johns County, FL Fruit Cove, St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra, Palm Valley 56.00%
13 Pasco County, FL Wesley Chapel, Land O' Lakes 55.90%
14 Williamson County, TX Brushy Creek, Round Rock, Georgetown 53.20%
15 Collin County, TX Murphy, McKinney, Plano 52.70%
16 Cherokee County, GA Woodstock, Canton 52.40%
17 Scott County, MN Shakopee, Prior Lake, Savage 51.90%
18 Hernando County, FL Spring Hill 51.50%
19 Dallas County, IA Urbandale, Clive 51.40%
20 Will County, IL Plainfield, Shorewood, Romeoville, New Lenox, Joliet, Mokena, Goodings Grove, Crete 51.40%
21 Weld County, CO Johnstown, Greeley 51.40%
22 Hidalgo County, TX McAllen 50.60%
23 Lee County, FL Estero, Cape Coral, Iona, Bonita Springs, Villas, Cypress Lake 50.60%
24 Webb County, TX Laredo 49.20%
25 Clark County, NV Summerlin South, North Las Vegas, Henderson, Spring Valley, Las Vegas, Sunrise Manor, Paradise, Boulder City 47.70%
From the August 2009 issue
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics. Only counties where each Best Place within it was also experiencing job growth were considered.
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