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Hot Jobs: The Top 10 Future Micro-Cities in North America

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Working with labor market trends for 15 years, one learns about several different community sizes in America that include metropolitan and micropolitan areas, while some metro areas combine together, or with micro areas, to form additional metroplexes and combined statistical areas. All of these areas are often used to examine and forecast labor market trends and other events by various departments of the US federal government. They can also be employed by state and county governments for local forecasts and planning.

What Is a Micro-City?

A micro-city is a small city or micropolitan area that supports fewer than 10,000 in population. The popular Top 10 Lists of Best Cities offered by entities such as Money Magazine, Forbes online, Kiplinger, US News and World Reports, CareerBuilder job search engine, and other news-analytical organizations often include a "small cities" t top-10 designation. This would include micro-cities.

The following top 10 micro-cities are tops for foreign investors that are increasing their investments in new businesses for good reasons.

Number 1 Micro-City in North America: Greenville SC. Furman University Japanese Garden, Furman University, Greenville, South Carolina. (All photos on this page public domain, unless otherwise credited.)

Number 1 Micro-City in North America: Greenville SC. Furman University Japanese Garden, Furman University, Greenville, South Carolina. (All photos on this page public domain, unless otherwise credited.)

Top 10 North American Micro-Cities

1) Greenville, South Carolina

Greenville is the number-one micro-city in the USA. South Carolina is a beautiful state on the US Atlantic Coast. One of the original 13 British colonies in America and one of the first US States, South Carolina is home to many sites on the National Register of Historic Places, and Greenville is not an exception.

2) Wilmington, Delaware

A historic region among bustling hubs of commerce and politics, Wilmington is an excellent site for finding a job in information technology (IT), healthcare professions, and retails sales from salesperson to management.

3) Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

This is one of my favorite cities in North America and one I would gladly visit several times a year, schedule permitting. Besides its historic and cultural sites and activities, its people are the friendliest I have ever known thus far.

4) Surprise, Arizona

I had never heard of this town before composing this article! However, I fond it most interesting, with planned retirement communities and a mall on the same scale as Mall of America under construction. New developments along these lines and the already abundant jobs certainly make this a Southwest micro-city for the future.

5) Ogden, Utah

This micro-city is part of the larger Ogden-Clearfield metropolitan area and was named as one of the Top 30 Cities for Jobs in the USA, in the number 26 slot. Its standard of living is higher and the cost of living lower than average in America.

6) Idaho Falls, Idaho

This city has made it onto several Top 10 Lists in the 2000s. One of their leadership's recognized qualities is their focus on creating abundant alternative energy sources and new jobs to administer and distribute sustainable energy.

7) Pocatello, Idaho

Pocatello job listings show the most openings in government grant administrators (some connected with the 2009 Stimulus Packages); retail managers, assistant managers and salespersons; general managers, and physicians. The largest employers within 25 miles from the city center include Voyage Healthcare recruiters, US Military.com, the Army National Guard, Gecko Hospitality, Flying J, Sears, and Idaho State University.

8) Fargo, North Dakota

The Fargo-Moorhead Metro Area is recognized for high-quality ongoing development via technology in Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, and Information Technology (IT). In addition to its name as a top micro-city on the entire continent, this metro area has been recognized as one of the top 25 small cities for jobs and business in the USA.

9) Danville, Virginia

Technology is increasing in the historic city of Danville with the opening of a new high-tech lithium-ion battery company in town that brings new jobs to the micro area. Sustainability and alternative energy sources are a prime focus of business development in Danville, and tourism is a large source of the economy in this former American colony.

10) Santa Fe Springs, California

The very name of this 10th micro-city sounds happy and peaceful. This city is proactively helping the local Tongva Nation to regain their former lands, including burial grounds, and renew education efforts to preserve their languages and culture.

Victoria Waterfront at Empress Hotel. One summer I saw free tango lessons given on the Waterfront at a cafe. The Greek restaurant was also very good. The insect museum was fun and along the walkways we saw hand-carved doors. [Photo by avhell on flckr

Victoria Waterfront at Empress Hotel. One summer I saw free tango lessons given on the Waterfront at a cafe. The Greek restaurant was also very good. The insect museum was fun and along the walkways we saw hand-carved doors. [Photo by avhell on flckr

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

Comments & Additions

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on June 30, 2012:

Greenville logged a municipal population in Census2010 of only 58,409, so it not only qualifies for the list, but as we all see, it is Number One.

powerhouse on June 30, 2012:

Should Greenville SC really be on this list? It has an urban area of 400k and a metro area of 650k+! They can't annex freely because of state law. Most of the people lice outside of it's very small city limits. 26.1 square miles.

Young on August 02, 2010:

Thanks for the post! I lived in Surprise for a while, and it really was a great place! Great list!

Frank on July 18, 2010:

Wilmington, DE is awesome! It's close enough to Philadelphia, New York and D.C. Tax-free shopping and important for incorporating businesses.

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on June 08, 2009:

16 MILLION! That's a lot of people. Must be something to do there all the time. Some of these micro-cities have planned to be lively and it is apparently working. Thanks for commenting, hafeezrm.

hafeezrm from Pakistan on June 08, 2009:

Thanks for the hub. I live in a mega city Karachi with 16 million people and was happy to read about micro-cities so full of life.

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on June 07, 2009:

It's apparently rated highest for tecnological advancements, but some folks like the snow. Thanks Gypsy Willow!

Gypsy Willow from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand on June 07, 2009:

Interesting, a friend visited Fargo in the winter and was not impressed! Each to his own I suppose.

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on June 07, 2009:

Fargo can be pretty snowy, I hear! -- Victoria is beautiful and the people are friendly. Santa Fe Springs looks very good to me as well. Anywhere is South Carolina is great, to me. Thanks for visiting, lrowley.

lrowley from Columbus, Ohio USA on June 07, 2009:

I can think of at least a few of these cities that I would actually want to live in. (Fargo, unsurprisingly, is not one of them.)

Thanks for the informative (and quite visually interesting) hub!