Texas Rising - Summer 2011

Best of Texas


In Forbes’ 2011 Best Cities for Jobs ranking, the Lone Star State dominated the three size categories, with the top large metropolitan area, Austin; top-ranked-mid-sized city, El Paso; and top small city, Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood.

Austin, Texas

Best Big City for Jobs

Four of the top five cities on Forbes’ list are in Texas.

  1. Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX
  2. New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, La.
  3. Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX
  4. San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX
  5. Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX

El Paso, Texas

Best Mid-Size City for Jobs

Military and manufacturing are keys to El Paso’s top ranking among the best mid-sized cities for jobs. The 1.1 million acre Fort Bliss supports more than 30,000 active duty personnel.

  1. El Paso, TX
  2. Corpus-Christi, TX
  3. Anchorage, AK
  4. McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX
  5. Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO

Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood, Texas

Best Small Cities for Jobs

  1. Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood, TX
  2. Bismarck, N.D.
  3. College Station-Bryan, TX
  4. Midland, TX
  5. Dubuque, Iowa
  6. Odessa, TX

Publication Credits


Delane Caesar
Director Data Services

Creative Directors
Beth Hallmark and Dan Lynch

Editorial Team Leader
Karen Hudgins

Gerard MacCrossan

Staff Writers
David Bloom, Michael Castellon,
Tracey Lamphere, Clint Shields,
Mark Wangrin and Bruce Wright

Graphics Team Leader
Dwain Osborne

Art Direction and Layout
Jeremy Van Pelt

Staff Photography/Videography
Raul Santos and Jeremy Van Pelt

Web Team Leader
Drew Scherz

Web Publications Coordinator
Julie Lewis

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Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
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Summer 2011

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