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Fort Worth ranks as 4th best city in U.S. for job growth

by admin on May 11, 2012

Texas cities, both large and small, once again lead the pack in a new ranking of the best places for jobs.

Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos topped the chart for the fourth straight year among the nation’s 65 biggest metro areas. Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown was ranked second, followed by No. 3 Salt Lake City, according to NewGeography.com, a site which analyzes economic, demographic and urban issues.

Fort Worth-Arlington jumped to No. 4 among big cities, climbing 11 spots from 2011. Dallas-Plano-Irving dipped from fifth to sixth on the 2012 list released this week.

Texas cities, both large and small, once again lead the pack in a new ranking of the best places for jobs.

“In terms of big metros, Texas kicked ass as it has been doing for a number of years,” said demographer Joel Kotkin, executive editor of NewGeography and a distinguished presidential fellow in urban futures at Chapman University in Orange, Calif. Kotkin has been called America’s uber-geographer by The N ew York Times, and his latest book, The Next Hundred Million: America in 2050, predicts how the nation will evolve in the next four decades.

“Even the dullest minds on the East Coast are beginning to realize that Texas is doing something right, as much as they hate to say it,” he said.

“But it’s not just the big cities; Texas has five of the top 10 smallest cities. What’s interesting to me is that Texas been able to maintain its lead consistently,” said Kotkin, who produces the survey with Michael Shires, a professor at Pepperdine University School of Public Policy.

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