Now, For the Good News: The DFW Is Still One of Best Big Cities For Job Growth in U.S.
And places like McAllen, Odessa, Longview and other Texas towns top the small and medium cities lists, rendering the complete lineup very Lone Star State-flavored. Writes Kotkin of the state's success on his list:
The Lone Star State may have lost a powerful advocate in Washington, but it's home to a remarkable eight of the top 20 cities on our list -- including No. 1-ranked Odessa, a small city in the state's northwestern region. Further, the top five large metropolitan areas for job growth -- Austin, Houston, San Antonio, Ft. Worth and Dallas -- are all in Texas' "urban triangle."
The reasons for the state's relative success are varied. A healthy energy industry is certainly one cause. Many Texas high-fliers, including Odessa, Longview, Dallas and Houston, are home to energy companies that employ hordes of people -- and usually at fairly high salaries for both blue- and white-collar workers. In some places, these spurts represent a huge reversal from the late 1990s.