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Where the jobs are: Two Houston suburbs rank in the Top 5 in the nation for job growth

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Fort Bend County, which took No. 2 on the list, counts Sugar Land (pictured) and Missouri City among its top towns. Photo by Ed Schipul/Flickr
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Montgomery County, home of The Woodlands (pictured), snagged No. 4 on the list. Photo by Marlo Saucedo
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Is this more fodder for Gov. Rick Perry's talk of a Texas Miracle? Five Texas counties are listed among CNN/Money Magazine's list of "Where the jobs are," receiving accolades for offering plentiful jobs and a great place to live.

Fort Bend County, home of Sugar Land and Missouri City, ranks No. 2 on that Top 25 list. Data shows a 78.1 percent job growth from 2000 to 2011, and the article cites "a favorable tax structure, strong school system and easy access to Houston," all which make the area attractive to business.

Among the companies that keep Fort Bend thriving are Schlumberger, CVR Energy and Fluor Enterprises, which is in the midst of an expansion that will add 2,000 jobs.

Topping the list is Loudoun County, Va., a hub for Verizon Business and AOL data centers that has seen 83.6 percent job growth between 2000 and 2011.

 Among the companies that keep Fort Bend thriving are Schlumberger, CVR Energy and Fluor Enterprises, which is in the midst of an expansion that will add 2,000 jobs. 

Williamson County, which includes the Texas towns of Cedar Park, Georgetown and Round Rock, ranks No. 3 with 73.8 percent job growth, thanks to companies like Dell Computer Corp and Thermo Fisher.

Montgomery County comes in at No. 4, with 63.5 percent job growth and more on the way with a forthcoming Exxon Mobil campus and a soon-to-be-completed Anadarko Petroleum tower.

But the jobs aren't just centered around Houston and Austin suburbs: Collin County (which includes Frisco, Allen, Plano and McKinney) is sixth on the list, with 55.9 percent job growth; and Denton County (which includes Flower Mound, Lewisville and Denton) snags the seventh spot, with 53.4 percent job growth.

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