Where the jobs are: Plano and Flower Mound among the nation's top cities for jobgrowth
Another day, another report proclaiming how awesome it is to live in Texas.
This time around, CNN Money is showing the love to Collin and Denton counties for having cities with the best job growth in the nation.
With Frisco, Allen, Plano and McKinney on its roster, Collin County earned a sixth-place ranking. In addition to a 59 percent increase in population since 2000, the report cites Plano-based Denbury Resources and improvements to infrastructure such as airports and roads as economic drivers in the area.
Immediately to the west of Collin County, the Denton County residences of Flower Mound, Lewisville and Denton came in seventh on the national list. The report referenced strengths in retail, manufacturing and the medical services sector, which is largely due to the University of North Texas. Of course there are always the intangibles, such as “the lure of small-town Americana,” that make an area oh-so-desirable. If you must put a number to it, though, try $1 billion — that’s the value of a new Denton County mixed-use construction project slated to add 3,500 homes.
Dallas suburbs weren’t the only Texas towns topping the list. Houston’s Fort Bend County came in at no. 2, and Williamson County, which includes Cedar Park, Georgetown and Round Rock, ranks no. 3 with 73.8 percent job growth, thanks to companies like Dell Computer Corp and Thermo Fisher.