Forbes magazine has ranked Bryan-College Station No. 9 on its 2014 list of the best small cities for jobs. Only No. 6 Midland ranks ahead of BCS in Texas.
The small cities category includes 240 metropolitan statistical areas with fewer than 150,000 jobs. The rankings considered growth trends, mid-term growth, long-term growth and the region’s momentum, and were based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics from November 2002 to January 2014.
The report said College Station-Bryan had 104,300 jobs in 2013. It cited the presence of Texas A&M for sparking significant job growth in the information (18.2 percent) and business services (14.2 percent) sectors since 2008, while leisure and hospitality employment is up 29.5 percent.
“For the most part, it is the smaller markets with under 150,000 jobs that are growing the fastest,” wrote Forbes’ Joel Kotkin. “Some of them may only do well as long the energy and agriculture booms continue, but many others will benefit as boomers continue to seek out comfortable, less congested, and often less expensive places to retire. These smaller places may also benefit as millennials start seeking to buy homes and raise families.”
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission ranked No. 9 on the midsize cities list, while five Texas metros made the big city list – No. 3 Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, No. 5 Houston-Sugarland-Baytown, No. 9 Dallas-Plano-Irving, No. 11 Fort Worth-Arlington, and No. 12 San Antonio-New Braunfels.
Forbes Best Small Cities for Jobs in 2014
- Bismarck, N.D.
- Elkhart-Goshen, Ind.
- Columbia, Mo.
- St. George, Utah
- Greeley, Colo.
- Midland, Texas
- Auburn-Opelika, Ala.
- Naples-Marco Island, Fla.
- College Station-Bryan, Texas
- El Centro, Calif.
Other Texas Cities:
11. San Angelo