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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3. Hays County, TX
Hays County, TX
Towns include: San Marcos
Job growth (2000-2009): 56.4%

Whether you're traveling by plane, train or automobile it's hard to resist a bargain when you come across one. And in Hays County, retail reigns supreme.

Jobs are plentiful at Prime Outlets San Marcos and Tanger Factory Outlet Center, sitting at the crossroads of several transportation routes. Major interstate highways connecting the country east to west, and north to south, all pass through Hays County, bringing with them an influx of goods and customers.

With approximately 45% of its population in college or under 18, Texas State University and the county's public school system are actually the county's largest employer. -- F.R.

NEXT: Douglas County, CO

Last updated July 13 2010: 5:14 PM ET

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