Wednesday, May 11, 2011

The Best Cities for Jobs in 2011

Joel Kotkin and Michael Shires of New Geography rank the best small, medium, and large-sized cities for job growth.  The take home point:

[N]o place displayed more vibrancy than Texas. The Lone Star State dominated the three size categories, with the No. 1 mid-sized city, El Paso (No. 3 overall, up 22 places from last year) and No.1 large metropolitan area Austin (No. 6 overall), joining Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood (the No. 1 small city) atop their respective lists. Texas also produced three other of the top 10 smallest regions, including energy-dominated No. 4 Midland, which gained 41 places overall, and No. 10 Odessa, whose economy jumped a remarkable 57 places. It also added two other mid-size cities to its belt: No. 2 Corpus Christi and No. 4 McAllen-Edinburgh-Mission.

Steve Clowney

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Recently all the best cities lists have shown Texas at the top but this is the first one that points to energy, specifically oil, as part of the reason for the surge in Texas. Austin made sense because it has a thriving younger population with college, music, and festivals but now everything makes more sense. Thanks for pointing to this article.

Posted by: Jeff | May 24, 2011 10:26:49 PM

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