Small town areas can be both relaxing and comfortable places to live. They also can be great spots to operate a business. Using ZoomProspector.com, a business relocation specialist, in my research I found 7 Counties in the U.S. with fewer than 50,000 people, which have a favorable business environment, and a highly-educated labor force. ZoomProspector.com also takes into account the aesthetic appeal of the area, salary levels, and local dining and attractions.
In this study, in addition to population, I narrowed down cities in the U.S. based upon job growth rates (2000-2008), unemployment rates, and median age. In regards to labor force, I asked ZoomProspector.com to allow for counties with a labor force of at least 33% having a bachelor’s degree, 80% a high school diploma or higher, and 50% of the labor pool being considered “white collar.” Finally this list was narrowed down again for towns having Universities in the town or within 50 miles, commute time of less than 20 minutes, an airport in the city or within 50 miles, and finally travel time to the nearest interstate within 15 miles.
The following, according ZoomProspector.com, are the 7 U.S. counties that offer great places to work, operate a small business, and offer plenty of career opportunity beyond just being a great place to live;
1. Oconee, GA
2. Blaine, ID
3. Teller, CO
4. Summit, UT
5. Kendall, TX
6. Goochland, VA
7. Poquoson, VA
Oconee County Georgia had the youngest median age at 35.8 years. It had the most Universities in town, or within 50 miles (32), and Airports (17) in town or within 50 miles as compared to the other counties in search results. Oconee County also had the second highest job growth rate at 37.7%, and the third highest percentage of inhabitants who have at least a Bachelor’s degree showing a highly educated work force.
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