Where the jobs are

Especially now, plentiful job opportunities are key to making a great place to live. These 25 counties have experienced the most job growth over the last nine years.

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11. Utah County, UT
Utah County, UT
Towns include: Orem, Provo
Job growth (2000-2009): 39.2%

Sports and education reign supreme in Utah County, one of the venues for 2002 Winter Olympics.

Jobs abound at Brigham Young University, the largest private university in the country and home to the March Madness favorite BYU Cougars.

Just south of Salt Lake City, Utah County is the state's second most populous. And since most of its population is under the age of 18, the county's three public school districts --Alpine, Nebo, and Provo -- and Utah Valley State College are also major sources of jobs for the region.

Several medical, manufacturing, computer and service companies also call Utah County home. At last count, there were over 10,575 businesses, both large and small including Novell, Omniture (now Adobe), and Nestle USA. -- F.R.

NEXT: Christian County, MO

Last updated July 13 2010: 5:14 PM ET

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