NEWSWEEK has compiled a list of the 10 American Cities Best Situated for the Recovery. These are places where the jobs are plentiful, and the pay, given the lower cost of living, buys more than in bigger cities. In other words, places unlike much of the rest of the country.
The cities, most of which lie in the red-state territory of America’s heartland, fall into three basic groups. There’s the Texaplex-Austin, Dallas, San Antonio, and Houston-which has become the No. 1 destination for job-seeking Americans, thanks to a hearty energy sector and a strong spirit of entrepreneurism.
There are the New Silicon Valleys-Raleigh-Durham, N.C.; Salt Lake City; and urban northern Virginia-which offer high-paying high-tech jobs and housing prices well below those in coastal California.
And then there are the Heartland Honeys-Oklahoma City, Indianapolis, and Des Moines, Iowa-which are enjoying a revival thanks to rising agricultural prices and a shift toward high-end industrial jobs.