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 10 years.
1. Rockwall County, TX
Towns include: Heath, Rockwall
Job growth (2000-2010): 97.9%
Rockwall County is rockin` and rollin` at the top of our list for job creation. It may be the Lone Star State`s smallest county, but it`s one of Texas`s fastest growing, with a population that`s almost doubled in the last decade.
The county borders Lake Ray Hubbard in the northeast corner of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Development there once centered on homes and recreation, but now Rockwall wants to be a place where its wealthy residents live, play -- and work.
Like many of the counties on our list, Rockwall is luring businesses and jobs from nearby big cities with generous incentives and a higher quality of life. The latest development is Harbor Heights, a seven-story 110,000 square foot office tower slated to open next year. Major corporations like L-3 Communications and Pilgrim`s Pride make their home in the Rockwall Technology Park where more companies are expected to join their ranks.
15. Wake County, NC
17. Sarpy County, NE