LONGVIEW/GREGG COUNTY (KYTX) - Longview ranked 49th on the 2013 Forbes list of Best Small Places for Business and Careers.
Forbes said Longview is among the top 15 small cities in the nation for job growth and the cost of doing business -- but was outside the top 150 for education. The city has $13 billion in annual gross metro product. Longview's metro area has about 217,000 people with a 5.9 percent unemployment rate, a $47,408 median household income and 17.1 percent college attainment among its residents, according to Forbes. The cost of living is 5.9 percent below the national average.
Texarkana ranked number 73, and Tyler ranked number 77. Forbes said Tyler has $10.7 billion in gross product -- but it rated 172nd in the nation for the cost of doing business. According to Forbes, Tyler's metro area has about 215,300 residents, a $48,848 median household income and 24.2 percent college attainment among its residents, with a cost of living that is 2.7 percent below the national average.
Tyler has had a net migration of nearly 1,500 people into the metro area over the past year.
Sioux Falls, South Dakota was ranked first in the nation, and College Station was the highest ranked city in Texas on the list at number five.