Just as Texas Governor Rick Perry has been saying all along…Texas is the best place for business. Here’s yet another list that has Texas ranking in with 5 of the top 25 cities in the country as the best places for business from Forbes. Take their word for it:
Our look at America’s Best Places for Business showcases the stark contrast between Texas—with its low-cost, pro-business regulatory environment (5 cities among the top 25, led by Austin at No. 7)—and overregulated and wildly expensive California (home to 8 cities that rank in the bottom 25, including No. 200 Merced). Texas was one of the last economies to succumb to the recession and one of the first to bounce back, while California is limping along with an unemployment rate of 11.7% (only Nevada’s is worse).
Besides Austin, Texas also placed San Antonio and Dallas in the top 10. San Antonio, ranked No. 8, is among the fastest-growing metro areas in the U.S. (the population increased 25% since 2000). It has been buoyed by defense spending and hiring at Toyota Motor’s truck assembly plant. Dallas (No. 10) has been one of the most resilient economies during the recession and could add 190,000 jobs in the next three years.
There’s a reason Texan values have proved time and time again that the Lone Star State is leading the nation. Let’s hope we can convince Governor Rick Perry to run for President and bring those Texan values to Washington.
Note: McAllen makes #83 of the top 100 on the list.