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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9. Hamilton County, IN
Hamilton County, IN
Towns include: Carmel, Fishers
Job growth (2000-2009): 43.2%

One of the wealthiest areas in Indiana, this Indianapolis suburb has many projects in the works designed to attract and retain a diverse workforce.

Several construction projects are underway, including a $300 million multi-use complex that will sport housing, retail space, restaurants, offices and recreational/performance spaces, scheduled to be completed in 2010. Roundabouts are being added to control traffic and efforts are underway to upgrade the fiber optics network for communications.

Hamilton is moving away from its farming roots and embracing industries like financial services, publishing, and retail. Many Hamiltonites report for duty at Sallie Mae and Freedom Mortgage. Food distributor US Foodservice and Marsh Supermarkets and publishing giants Wiley & Sons and Pearson Education are also major players. -- F.R.

NEXT: Cache County, UT

Last updated July 13 2010: 5:14 PM ET

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