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Old 07-16-2008, 09:57 AM
 
Location: Midessa, Texas Home Yangzhou, Jiangsu temporarily
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1 Midland TX
2 St. George UT
3 Coeur d'Alene ID
4 Odessa TX
5 Auburn-Opelika AL
6 Wilmington NC
7 Provo-Orem UT
8 Raleigh-Cary NC
9 Bend OR
10 Myrtle Beach-North Myrtle Beach-Conway SC

Full list:

Small Business Resources for the Entrepreneur from Inc.com (http://www.inc.com/bestcities/2008/best.html?size=0&year=2008 - broken link)

Biggest mover up from last year

100 Decatur AL 208 places from 308 to 100

Biggest mover down from last year

215 Naples-Marco Island FL -209 places from 6 to 215

Also of interest

60 New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner LA Up 202 places from 262 to 60

Looks like New Orleans is recovering.

And for SWB

252 Scranton--Wilkes-Barre PA down 40 places from 212 to 252
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Old 07-16-2008, 02:52 PM
 
Location: Wicker Park, Chicago
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This list is a complete joke. We can tell by the fact that these are booming metropolis', that these cities are full of opportunity. LOL. Gimme a break.
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Old 07-16-2008, 03:06 PM
 
Location: Midessa, Texas Home Yangzhou, Jiangsu temporarily
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This list is a complete joke. We can tell by the fact that these are booming metropolis', that these cities are full of opportunity. LOL. Gimme a break.
Here is their methodology.

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This year's rankings continue the methodology used last year, which emphasizes the robustness of a region's growth and allows the rankings to include all of the metropolitan statistical areas for which the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports monthly employment data. They are derived from three-month rolling averages of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics "state and area" unadjusted employment data reported from November 1996 to January 2008. The data reflect the North American Industry Classification System categories, including total nonfarm employment, manufacturing, financial services, business and professional services, educational and health services, information, retail and wholesale trade, transportation and utilities, leisure and hospitality, and government.
How We Pick the Best Cities, Offices and Operations Article - Inc. Article

If you only want to see the big cities, go here.

Small Business Resources for the Entrepreneur from Inc.com (http://www.inc.com/bestcities/2008/bestlimited.html?size=1&year=2008&display=30 - broken link)
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Old 07-16-2008, 03:11 PM
 
Location: Wicker Park, Chicago
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Here is their methodology.



How We Pick the Best Cities, Offices and Operations Article - Inc. Article

If you only want to see the big cities, go here.

Small Business Resources for the Entrepreneur from Inc.com (http://www.inc.com/bestcities/2008/bestlimited.html?size=1&year=2008&display=30 - broken link)

There is always some rationale or formula they come of with, but the facts(and common sense) speaks for themselves.
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Old 07-16-2008, 03:15 PM
 
Location: Midessa, Texas Home Yangzhou, Jiangsu temporarily
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There is always some rationale or formula they come of with, but the facts(and common sense) speaks for themselves.
Right. Any methodology that doesn't support your own opinion is clearly flawed.
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Old 07-16-2008, 03:17 PM
 
Location: Wicker Park, Chicago
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Right. Any methodology that doesn't support your own opinion is clearly flawed.
Who has use for methodology? LOL. Sometimes common sense must prevail. LOL
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Old 07-16-2008, 03:20 PM
 
Location: Midessa, Texas Home Yangzhou, Jiangsu temporarily
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Who has use for methodology? LOL. Sometimes common sense must prevail. LOL
Its just a way to compare different areas that is a little more credible than just saying "my city is teh roxxor, ur city is teh suck!".
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Old 07-16-2008, 04:26 PM
 
Location: Wicker Park, Chicago
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Its just a way to compare different areas that is a little more credible than just saying "my city is teh roxxor, ur city is teh suck!".
That's true.
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Old 07-16-2008, 08:26 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Omaha was 171. How in the world is that possible, we were behind Rockford, Reno and other cities that have pathetic economies, schools, health systems which Omaha has way better.
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Old 07-17-2008, 12:08 AM
 
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I don't care for rankings, but I must say, Coeur d'Alene is one of the most beautiful places I've seen...
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