Texas dominated the recent Forbes "Best Places to Move list."
Forbes.com ranked United States cities based on data from the 2000 to 2005 Census, such as the number of residents born out of state or had moved to the city to take a job, the number of residents who had moved from long distances or abroad, the number who moved to a location with one and five years.
They also looked at the number of professional jobs in the area, population growth, income averages, home price and age proximity to large companies.
The criteria the list judges cities on are certainly geared exclusively toward business aspects of life. The article even calls Frisco and Flower Mound “desolate prairies.”
“It's no easier to predict where the next Alpharetta, Huntersville, or Apex will spring than it is to spot the next Apple, Microsoft or Google. Prominent new 'Relovilles' will pop up in sleepy old towns… and others in desolate prairies like Frisco and Flower Mound, outside Dallas. They will sprout from just about anywhere with cheap land, exits off Interstate highways and an international airport providing quick access to the global economy.”
Plano had slipped to No. 25 on the list, after three decades of relocation-driven growth, according to the article. It has nearly run out of land for new housing that appeals to up-and-coming relocators.
Holly LaFon has written and worked for various local publications including D Magazine and Examiner.