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    Small towns for business and careers

    http://realestate.yahoo.com/promo/am...ss-and-careers

    It seems Forbes is constantly ranking things and Yahoo! loves to pull articles from it. This time it is about small cities and business and career opportunities. Most are located in that weird area of America that isn't the midwest, but isn't the west... I guess nowhere in the east is worthwhile?

    1. Sioux Falls, SD
    Metro Area Population: 238,000
    Cost of Doing Business Rank Rank1: 5
    Economic Growth Projected Rank2: 68
    Educational Attainment Rank3: 31
    Income Growth Rank*: 11
    Job Growth Projected Rank2: 22
    Net Migration Rank*: 15

    2. Iowa City, IA
    Metro Area Population: 152,000 Cost of Doing Business Rank Rank1: 37
    Economic Growth Projected Rank2: 126
    Educational Attainment Rank3: 3
    Income Growth Rank*: 8
    Job Growth Projected Rank2: 34
    Net Migration Rank*: 51

    3. Manhattan, KS
    Metro Area Population: 123,000
    Cost of Doing Business Rank Rank1: 9
    Economic Growth Projected Rank2: 53
    Educational Attainment Rank3: 19
    Income Growth Rank*: 26
    Job Growth Projected Rank2: 10
    Net Migration Rank*: 102

    4. Bismarck, ND
    Metro Area Population: 106,000
    Cost of Doing Business Rank Rank1: 21
    Economic Growth Projected Rank2: 101
    Educational Attainment Rank3: 24
    Income Growth Rank*: 4
    Job Growth Projected Rank2: 16
    Net Migration Rank*: 25

    5. Logan, UT
    Metro Area Population: 128,000
    Cost of Doing Business Rank Rank1: 18
    Economic Growth Projected Rank2: 32
    Educational Attainment Rank3: 21
    Income Growth Rank*: 20
    Job Growth Projected Rank2: 45
    Net Migration Rank*: 100

    6. Auburn, AL
    Metro Area Population: 136,000
    Cost of Doing Business Rank Rank1: 47
    Economic Growth Projected Rank2: 4
    Educational Attainment Rank3: 26
    Income Growth Rank*: 5
    Job Growth Projected Rank2: 43
    Net Migration Rank*: 11

    7. Bend, OR
    Metro Area Population: 159,000
    Cost of Doing Business Rank Rank1: 47
    Economic Growth Projected Rank2: 16
    Educational Attainment Rank3: 30
    Income Growth Rank*: 6
    Job Growth Projected Rank2: 18
    Net Migration Rank*: 3

    8. Columbia, MO
    Metro Area Population: 166,000
    Cost of Doing Business Rank Rank1: 35
    Economic Growth Projected Rank2: 162
    Educational Attainment Rank3: 7
    Income Growth Rank*: 60
    Job Growth Projected Rank2: 39
    Net Migration Rank*: 37

    9. Fargo, ND
    Metro Area Population: 200,000
    Cost of Doing Business Rank Rank1: 95
    Economic Growth Projected Rank2: 75
    Educational Attainment Rank3: 16
    Income Growth Rank*: 52
    Job Growth Projected Rank2: 13
    Net Migration Rank*: 42

    10. Morgantown, WV
    Metro Area Population: 120,000
    Cost of Doing Business Rank Rank1: 63
    Economic Growth Projected Rank2: 80
    Educational Attainment Rank3: 35
    Income Growth Rank*: 51
    Job Growth Projected Rank2: 8
    Net Migration Rank*: 62
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    If only Iowa fronted a large body of water....

    Did I miss where these statistics are explained? Perhaps this is common knowledge and I skipped this day of class, but what does "Net Migration Rate: 51" mean exactly?

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    Quote Originally posted by TerraSapient View post
    If only Iowa fronted a large body of water....

    Did I miss where these statistics are explained? Perhaps this is common knowledge and I skipped this day of class, but what does "Net Migration Rate: 51" mean exactly?
    Iowa City has some lakes.

    I notice that half of these small cities are home to major state universities: Iowa City, IA; Manhattan, KS; Columbia, MO; Morgantown, WVA,; Auburn, AL. Logan, UT may be home to another major school -- BYU? Bismarck, ND is the state capital, and maybe to the University of North Dakota -- a double shot of stable, decent paying jobs in an area that is predominantly rural. There's nothing like a major university to make a small town/city much more prosperous than its neighbors or other similarly sized town or city.

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    Quote Originally posted by Linda_D View post
    There's nothing like a major university to make a small town/city much more prosperous than its neighbors or other similarly sized town or city.
    Worked for Ann Arbor!
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    Logan, UT may be home to another major school -- BYU?

    Utah State University is located in Logan.

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    Quote Originally posted by DetroitPlanner View post
    Worked for Ann Arbor!
    And Las Cruces, State College, Ithaca, Blacksburg, and Missoula.
    Growth for growth's sake is the ideology of the cancer cell. -- Edward Abbey

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    Fancy

    Rate, not rank...
    Just a fancy was of saying fastest growing areas.

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    Quote Originally posted by Michael D. Epp View post
    Rate, not rank...
    Just a fancy was of saying fastest growing areas.
    I'm from the Great Lakes area, but I live about 90 minutes outside of Sioux Falls. That area is definitely booming; a lot of companies are starting up or moving to the area. Wages are relatively low, but prices are also low, so things even out. From a planning perspective, Sioux Falls is pretty sterile and sprawly, but it is a nice place to live for a family-oriented person.

    The town I live in is also known for its business activity, even though it is much, much smaller than Sioux Falls.

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    The traditional downtown business district in Carrier Mills stretched from Route 45 down Main Street to Washington Street, and down Oak and Railroad streets between Main Street and Mill Street, but As of July, 2006 most of the Carrier Mills downtown was deemed condemned and demolished by the city.

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    Small?

    These are not small towns!!! I currently live in a town with a population of 7,549 and its the largest in the county! One town has a full time population of 138 and that has doubled in ten years. I think Forbes needs to rethink what they are calling small towns!
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    Quote Originally posted by joshking2 View post
    These are not small towns!!! I currently live in a town with a population of 7,549 and its the largest in the county! One town has a full time population of 138 and that has doubled in ten years. I think Forbes needs to rethink what they are calling small towns!
    I agree, but it's a bit relative. I suppose that to somebody who lives in NYC or LA, even cities of 100,000 are "small towns". I live in a small city (30,000) in a sparsely populated county (150,000 in about 1000 sq miles) in NYS. It's definitely a city, however small. "Small towns" around here are probably 5,000 people or fewer. Some small towns (referred to as villages) are as small as 400-500 people.

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