Multiple Texas cities made Forbes “Best Cities For Jobs 2014” list in different size divisions.
Rankings were based on short-, medium- and long-term job creation going back to 2002, and they factor in momentum — whether growth is slowing or accelerating.
Texas cities making the “big cities” list (those with nonfarm employment over 450,000) were: Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos (3), Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown (5), Dallas-Plano-Irving (9), Fort Worth-Arlington (11), and San Antonio-New Braunfels (12).
The only MSA to make the “midsize” list was McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, landing at ninth. Midsize cities were those with between 150,000 and 450,000 nonfarm jobs.
The majority of Texas cities to make the “small cities” list (150,000 or less nonfarm jobs) were in oilfield regions: Midland (6), San Angelo (11), Odessa (15) and Lubbock (16). College Station also made the list at ninth.