No. 1: Huntsville, Alabama

No. 1: Huntsville, Alabama

The aerospace industry drives the economy in our number-one pick. By , Senior Editor June 30, 2009 Population: 378,057 Income Growth: 9.7% Cost of Living Index: 91 Median Household Income: $51,275 Percentage of Workforce in Creative Class: 40% Talk about a bulletproof economy. This northern Alabama city represents critical mass for the nation’s missile-defense and aerospace industries.

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