Greenville, NC MSA Ranks #10 on Forbes.com Best Small Places for Business & Careers
07/10/2012 09:45 ● Published by Kathryn
Grady-White Boats manufacturing facility is located in Greenville, NC
Forbes.com has ranked the Greenville, NC MSA #10 on the 2012 list of Best Small Places for Business and Careers. The top cities were selected out of 184 metropolitan statistical areas (MSA) with populations under 245,000.
Forbes.com considers 12 metrics relating to past and projected job growth, business and living costs, income growth, educational attainment and projected economic growth. Quality of life factors such as crime rates, cultural and recreational opportunities and net migration patterns are also considered for the rankings.
The Greenville NC, MSA, with a population of 193,000, ranked #38 overall for cost of doing business, #29 for job growth, and #45 in education. Greenville was noted for transitioning from a tobacco center to a healthcare, education and manufacturing-based economy. Greenville was also noted for a wide range of cultural events on and off the East Carolina University Campus that contribute to its quality of life.
Greenville is one of only a few southern cities in the top 25, and the only North Carolina MSA in the top 50.