Forbes Magazine recently released its annual list of Best Cities for Jobs, with Texas cities topping the lists for best big, mid-size and small cities for jobs, including the Upper Valley metro area being ranked No. 4 for mid-size cities.

Forbes Magazine writes:

"No place displayed more vibrancy than Texas. The Lone Star State dominated the three size categories, with the No. 1 mid-sized city, El Paso (No. 3 overall, up 22 places from last year) and No. 1 large metropolitan area, Austin (No. 6 overall), joining Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood (the No. 1 small city) atop their respective lists.

"Texas also produced three other of the top 10 smallest regions, including energy-dominated No. 4 Midland, which gained 41 places overall, and No. 10 Odessa, whose economy jumped a remarkable 57 places. It also added two other mid-size cities to its belt: No. 2 Corpus Christi and No. 4 McAllen-Edinburgh-Mission.

"Whatever they are drinking in Texas, other states may want to imbibe. California-which boasted zero regions in the top 150-is a prime example. Indeed, a group of California officials, led by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, recently trekked to the Lone Star State to learn possible lessons about what drives job creation."

Texas cities were ranked in Forbes' lists of Best Cities for Jobs as follows:

Big cities: #1 Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, #3 Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, #4 San Antonio-New Braunfels, #5 Dallas-Plano-Irving

Mid-size cities: #1 El Paso, #2 Corpus Christi, #4 McAllen-Edinburg-Mission

Small cities: #1 Kileen-Temple-Ft. Hood, #3 Bryan-College Station, #4 Midland, #8 Odessa

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