Forbes recently released their 2014 Best Big Cities for Jobs list, and our Lone Star state represents the single state with the highest presence of cities on the list, by far!
Rounding out the top 12, both San Antonio and Austin have been highlighted for their diverse industry offerings and world-class attractions.
Coming in first for attracting educated individuals, San Antonio had a net gain of 76,000 college-educated people since 2007, or a 25.4% increase. What caused this increase, you ask? A multitude of amenities that appeal to educated workers, notably great food and a good nightlife scene are plentiful in San Antonio. In addition, it boasts one of the fastest-growing regional economies in the country, with expanding tech and energy businesses at an incredible rate.
Austin places third, which should come as no surprise — the area is home to the main campus of the University of Texas, boasts a thriving music scene and a strong technology infrastructure.
Compiling The Information
To create the Best Big Cities for Jobs list, Forbes ranked the nation's 398 metropolitan statistical areas based on employment data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics from November 2002 through January 2014. The rankings are based on recent growth trends, mid-term growth, long-term growth and the region's momentum. For this list, Forbes ranked 66 metropolitan areas with more than 450,000 jobs.
The Results Are In
Forbes ranked Austin third, with San Antonio rounding out the top 12 list. Joined by Houston and Fort Worth, we have another great reason to feel some Texas pride!