South Carolina's Charleston region was included in Forbes magazine's recently-published list of the Best Midsize Cities for Jobs of 2016.
The article was penned by Joel Kotkin and Michael Shires. Charleston was ranked No. 7 on the list.
“When we look at how the U.S. economy is performing, we usually focus on the largest metropolitan areas," the authors wrote. "But some 29 percent of non-farm jobs in the U.S. are in small and midsize metro areas. And since they tend to be less economically diverse and more volatile, these metro areas often are where we can more clearly see the fissures in the economy — the sectors that are growing, and which are shrinking."
Twenty metro areas were spotlighted in the article, 13 of which are small (under 150,000 total non-farm jobs) or medium-sized (between 150,000 and 450,000 non-farm jobs).
"Many of the smaller places creating jobs at the fastest pace are located in booming regions like the Intermountain West, near college towns and in regions with attractive natural amenities," the article said. "Meanwhile, times are turning tougher in West Texas and other energy-dependent areas."
The authors said areas attractive to workers also often have plenty of access to arts and entertainment venues and restaurants.
“Being in a nice place, of course, is an asset for any city; after all, entrepreneurs and young families also like to live somewhere good times beckon," the article said. "At the same time, some of these areas also benefit from a strong hospitality and second home market. Another critical advantage belongs to college towns which, by their very nature, usually offer more by way of arts, restaurants and entertainment than other places.”
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