3. Falls Church, VA
best places job growth falls church virginia
Towns include: Falls Church
Job growth (2010-2012): 12.6%

Falls Church may be compact, but don't call it a small town. Local leaders are branding it "The Little City," to capture its urban vibe and intimate scale. SmithGifford, the ad agency that coined the phrase, is one of its thriving local businesses. The firm has added jobs as its client list has grown.

An independent city operating outside any county, Falls Church is growing jobs one at a time. Take, for example, Technology Catalysts International -- the small consulting firm has fewer than 20 employees but it says it's looking for a few good research analysts.

Viget Labs also captures the city's Small Giant ethos of quality over quantity. The 59-person business with three offices is in hiring mode. It's seeking copywriters, developers, designers and project managers.

Subscribe to Money Magazine

Source: Census data, Onboard Informatics projection. Only counties where each Best Place within it was also experiencing job and population growth, and where unemployment was below the national average, were considered. No more than 2 counties within a state could qualify.
  @Money - Last updated August 12 2013 10:34 AM ET
Join the Conversation
Full list: Top 50

America's best small towns are not only thriving economically, they've also got all you could want in a place to raise a family.

Market indexes are shown in real time, except for the DJIA, which is delayed by two minutes. All times are ET. Disclaimer LIBOR Warning: Neither BBA Enterprises Limited, nor the BBA LIBOR Contributor Banks, nor Reuters, can be held liable for any irregularity or inaccuracy of BBA LIBOR. Disclaimer. Morningstar: © 2014 Morningstar, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Disclaimer The Dow Jones IndexesSM are proprietary to and distributed by Dow Jones & Company, Inc. and have been licensed for use. All content of the Dow Jones IndexesSM © 2014 is proprietary to Dow Jones & Company, Inc. Chicago Mercantile Association. The market data is the property of Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. and its licensors. All rights reserved. FactSet Research Systems Inc. 2014. All rights reserved. Most stock quote data provided by BATS.