Number 5 - Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, Arkansas-Missouri
This North-West Arkansas metropolitan area has a population of about 350,000(2000) and is home to two of the kingpins in their respective industries: Walmart(retail) and Tyson Foods(meat processing). In the decade of 1990 to 2000, this area was the sixth fastest growing in the U.S.
Number 4 - McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, Texas
This metro in Texas jumped two spots from last year to make the top 5. With a population approaching 800,000, it is another fast-growing region.
Number 3 - Anchorage, Alaska
This northern-most major city in the U.S. has a healthy economy with a host of important industries including transportation, the military, municipal, state and federal government, tourism, and corporate headquarters (including regional headquarters for multinational corporations.
Number 2 - Corpus Christi, Texas
This southern Texas city is home to the Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, and also the Port of Corpus Christi, the 5th largest port in the U.S.
Number 1 - El Paso, Texas
Unsurprisingly, it's another city in Texas. El Paso is ranked top in the mid-sized city category, but is also the Number 3 city overall for jobs. El Paso, the sixth largest city in Texas, and also the 19th largest in the country, climbed 22 spots from last year's list. El Paso is the Operational Headquarters of a Nasdaq Company, Helen of Troy Limited, which manufactures many household health care products under many labels including OXO, Dr. Scholl's, Vidal Sassoon, Sunbeam, et.
So the State of Texas just about cleaned up in all three size categories. There is Austin, leading a quartet of Texan cities in the top five of The Big City Category. And then, among the top 10 in the Small City Category, Texas claimed three of the spots. And here in the mid-sized category, besides El Paso, the Number 1, Corpus Christi was Number 2 and McAllen-Edinburgh-Mission Number 4.
California, on the other hand, did not fair as well, and you would have to go outside the top 150 places to find a Californian city. It is perhaps a sign of the times that despite all the best greening efforts of the State, it is still environmentally-unfriendly fossil fuel technology that is generating all the jobs. And Texas rules on this front, at least for the present.
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