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Best 25 Cities for Business, Jobs and Relocation in America 2010 - 2020

Updated on December 27, 2012
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Large Metropolitan Areas Hold Hope for Jobs

These America cities for great business are not the ones expected by many people.. They aren't on the glamorous coasts and are not the biggest cities. In fact, many are in the Southeast, including Atlanta, ranked as the best over all city for American business. Regions that consistently produce new jobs in a broad range of industries rank at the top of the list. During this George Bush Administration, the best cities are predominantly suburban and, perhaps most importantly, relatively affordable in housing prices, cost of living, and business costs. Younger families, well-educated people, upwardly mobile immigrants, and even singles, are migrating to these cities fast.


Number 1. Atlanta. "Hotlanta" is the hottest economy of America. Hit hard by the 2000 recession, the sprawling Greater Atlanta Area is back, on the foundation of a strong service sector, pro-business climate, and affordable housing. Spread out over 28 counties in north-central Georgia, the Greater Atlanta Area includes over 4.5 million people. It has top universities, major corporate HQs, and a world-class airport. Atlanta has one of the most diversified economies in the country. Atlanta's cost of living, particularly housing, is lower than in places like Boston, New York City, Seattle, or San Francisco. Atlanta may lack some of the Bay Area's edginess and beauty but presents many lifestyle options. Atlanta's airport and history of logistics expertise provide logistical support for the chemical industry globally.

The Inland Empire of California. Here the best city is 2. Riverside-San Bernardino -- 3 million people just east of Los Angeles. Its major industries are housing construction, warehousing, and diversified manufacturing. Over 660,000 people have moved into the inland. The bulk of this growth comes from ethnic minorities, predominantly Latinos (+500,000) and Asians. Ramon Alvarez, is the owner of the nation's only Latino-owned Jaguar dealership, in Riverside, Calif.

3. Las Vegas At first hurt by the downturn in tourism after 9/11, the Nevada metropolis has gotten its groove back. Although tourism remains the linchpin, the area is creating jobs in high-end sectors and even manufacturing, in large part because of an exodus from more expensive locales on the Western Seaboard.

4. San AntonioLargely unnoticed amidst the mega-hype surrounding media favorite Austin, this more affordable Texas city has benefited from steady population growth, a diversifying economy, and a strong military presence.

5. West Palm BeachThis part of Florida is getting crowded, so relatively low prices could soon be a thing of the past. Right now, the perceived high quality of life and reasonable housing prices make this area an almost irresistible lure.

6. Southern New Jersey, New Jersey

7. Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood-Pompano Beach, Florida

8. Jacksonville, Florida

9. Newark, New Jersey

10. Suburban Maryland-D.C., Maryland

11. Orlando, Florida

12. Phoenix, Arizona

13. Washington MSA, District of Columbia

14. Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Florida

15. San Diego, California

16. Nassau-Suffolk, New York

17. Richmond-Petersburg, Virginia

18. New Orleans, Louisiana

19. Austin, Texas

20. Northern Virginia, Virginia

21. Middlesex-Somerset- Hunterdon, New Jersey

22. Miami-Hialeah, Florida

23. Orange County, California

24. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

25. Albany-Schenectady-Troy, New York


A surprising trend is the economic rebound of the Midwest and Great Plains States. The longtime out-migration of young professionals and skilled workers from the Midwest had declined. The Internet has helped. Digital technology has cured the traditional sense of isolation from the big city felt in the Midwest and Great Plains. Some populations and employment rates are growing faster than the national average. With job pools of 150,000 - 450,000, midsize best cities also include some form the Inland Empire.

1. Green Bay offers a high quality of life, a diversified economy, and a hardworking, skilled labor forces.

2. Madison is well suited for the service economy. As state capital and locale of one of the region's top universities, its population is well educated.

3. Sarasota is located in an affordable coastal region and attracts skilled, middle-class emigrants from the north. A sizable tech work force adds to one of the fastest-growing areas for IT.

4. Fresno real estate success us oaring, in large part due to affordability and Latino and Asian immigration. This boosts high-end service, manufacturing, and information sectors.

5. Bakersfield has become a distant suburb of Los Angeles, and people commute over the mountains. It is more affordable and a good place for business startups.

6. Reno, Nevada

7. Albuquerque, New Mexico

8. Tucson, Arizona

9. Vallejo-Fairfield-Napa, California

10. Modesto, California

11. Stockton, California

12. Fort Myers-Cape Coral, Florida

13. Corpus Christi, Texas

14. Syracuse, New York

15. Springfield, Missouri

16. Monmouth-Ocean, New Jersey

17. Westchester County, New York

18. Harrisburg-Lebanon-Carlisle, Pennsylvania

19. Baton Rouge, Louisiana

20. Daytona Beach, Florida

21. Jackson, Mississippi

22. Lancaster, Pennsylvania

23. Portland, Maine

24. Boise City, Idaho

25. Akron, Ohio


Small cities with job pools to 150,000 have suffered declining populations, but their affordability is reversing that trend

1. Montpelier, Vermont enjoys a large insurance industry and is the state capital and home to several colleges.

2. Missoula, Montana's has a local university and its population has doubled recently. Financial and professional business services and IT are on the upswing.

3. Casper, Wyoming has business services industries that are growing. The Greater Wyoming area has 66,000 residents and is increasing.

4. Rockland County, New York's population growth is triple that of the New York state average since 2000. IT and business services are booming.

5. Sioux Falls, South Dakota no longer suffers out-migration, but enjoys a growing population. The skilled work force in financial and professional services, IT, and biological sciences is exemplary and these businesses are growing.

6. Waco, Texas

7. Burlington, Vermont

8. Dutchess County, New York

9. Anchorage, Alaska

10. Manchester, New Hampshire

11. Bismarck, North Dakota

12. Bryan-College Station, Texas

13. Danbury, Connecticut

14. Altoona, Pennsylvania

15. Fargo-Moorhead, North Dakota

16. Las Cruces, New Mexico

17. La Crosse, Wisconsin

18. Newburgh, New York

19. Albany, Georgia

20. Medford, Oregon

21. Utica-Rome, New York

22. Lake Charles, Louisiana

23. Bristol, Virginia

24. Fort Smith, Arkansas

25. Enid, Oklahoma


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    • Neil Ashworth profile image

      George Poe 

      9 years ago from United Kingdom

      That's really good info, thanks for sharing. Very good piece of writing.

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      Vacation Rentals at Lake of the Ozarks 

      9 years ago

      It is good to know that Springfield, MO is in the top 25 mid-size cities. Located approximately 1 1/2 hour from Springfield is beautiful Lake of the Ozarks.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      10 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      A new list of cities for 2009 - 2010 appears at so you can compare. Thanks fo rthe visit.,

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      Will Durk 

      10 years ago

      I wouldn't imagine some of these would be listed in the order that they are. But someone had to do the research and if they want to get paid themselves, well I imagine they did their due diligence. I'll take their word for it!

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      10 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      It is indeed true for some cities in US, but I can't say where right off the top of my head. I know that some of my city review Hubs have that information. You might do a search on google --

      Special Education Jobs USA

      I may need to do a Hub on this as well.

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      10 years ago

      Is it true that there is a need for special education, math and science teachers in some parts of the US? It is the recent news in the Philippines and many are interested because of the high dollar to peso exchange rate.

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      11 years ago from Nigeria

      You work is very good, calls for more earnings right haaaaaaa

    • 02SmithA profile image


      11 years ago from Ohio

      Very interesting info! Thanks!

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      11 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      That's amazing, all the way from West Virginia. Working is certainly different that way in te 21st century. Super-highspeed rail systems might help, if there were funding for them and people could use them frequently.

    • WeddingConsultant profile image


      11 years ago from DC Metro Area

      Thanks for the clarification.

      And yes, it seems as if a good majority of people here commute to jobs in or close to Washington D.C. In fact, there are people commuting 2+ hours from West Virginia to D.C.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      11 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      Northern Virginia is becoming a sort of mega-plex, larger than a single city's Metro-plex area [like teh icnreasing joining of Dayton and Cincinnati in Ohio]. It encompases all the major cities in the northern part of Virginia. Taken together, they comprise #20 and there is a growing commuting group of workers living in one and working an other.

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      11 years ago from DC Metro Area

      Love the hub! I was happy to see that my area made the list of best large cities (#20!), but I'm confused as "Northern Virginia" isn't a city...

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      11 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      Best success. Please let us know how the job hunt goes! :)

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      11 years ago from Nevada

      Most definately!!!! Great!!! Thanks!!!!!!

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      11 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      I really hope this works for you; and, they can provide even more referrals. The next time I come to Vegas, I will surely let you know.

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      11 years ago from Nevada

      Wow! Thanks! Here's a big hug from me! O

      I don't know about these kinds of places because I always worked my whole life.

      I will definately pass this information along aswell.

      Anytime you are in the Vegas area give me a ring.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      11 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      Go to the Clark County Department of Labor Job-search and Placement Services and keep after them until they get you a job. You may qualify for training funds. See the link is below. When I was laid off form a job after 10 years, I went to my county office and did not leave without answers and help. I think that is the place to make yourself visible and persistently vocal.

      Nevada Department of Employment, Training & Rehabilitation2800 E. St. Louis Ave. Las Vegas, NV 89104500 East Third Street - Carson City, NV 89713General Info: (775) 684-3849 - FAX: (775) 684-3850 - TTY: (775) 687-5353

      Go to the Human Services Office to help with rent, and food and even transportation out of the county if youhave to move to find work. They advertise plane fare, bus fare, and gaaoline help.The anount of help they can give depends on how much is left in their yearly allowance from the state and federal govt.

      1600 Pinto Lane (main office, they list 3 others)Las Vegas, NV 89106(702) 455-4270Fax (702) 455-5950

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      11 years ago from Nevada

      I am not complaing I have applied for several different types of jobs, like childcare, gas stations etc....And I am certainly not alone, I live here I know.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      11 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      There IS job growth, since I know several people that have gone to Las Vegas and been employed right away in healthcare. Stop applying at casinos and go into a line of work that is hiring. If you need re-training, go to the county employment services department. Take action instead of complaining.

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      11 years ago from Nevada

      There is no job growth in Las Vegas right now, they are laying off and I along with alot of other people are looking for work with no success, I have been out of work for 5 months now and I have applied at almost every casino in the valley, and I have alot of experience behind me. This article needs to be updated, the reason why the employment stats look good is because when people get laid off they are rehireable when business picks up again.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      11 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      Someone asked how to come to America and get a job. I think it was a person working for an electrical company in UAE.

      You will need a sponsor from a company that wants to hire you here in the USA. Tell your Human Resources department in your own company at home, and your supervisor, that you want to come to USA to work. Ask them to make contacts for you with an electrical companies they deal with in USA. If they have none, see en employment recruiter in your city and ask them to help you gain sponsorship and work in the USA. I do resumes for people moving from UAE to America and back and forth, so I know there are such recruiters and that some compaines in UAE will help.

      Best of success to you!

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      11 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      Thank you for yoru observations, ondo1015. I must read more about the Philipines and wish your country the very best!

    • ondo1015 profile image


      11 years ago

      It's been good to your country that you have growing cities, I wonder when mill be the Philippines Cities grow fast as they are on it's own feet standing and walking like a turtle.

      Well, I hope that our country give a clean system to all service. And move fast forward for we are behind to our neughboring countries.

      That is what I only ask for my political leaders, work clean , faster, and give what each every citizen needs in order to help their fellow countrymen too.


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