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« Trivia Tidbit of the Day: Part 927 -- Texas Versus Other Top 20 States. | WILLisms.com | Trivia Tidbit of the Day: Part 929 -- Foreclosure Rates Tell A Tale Of Texas' Awesomeness. »

Trivia Tidbit of the Day: Part 928 -- Texas. It Ain't Bragging If It's True.

Texas Cities Dominate-

Forbes magazine just named its Best Cities for Jobs 2011 list, and Texas cities once again dominate:

...no place displayed more vibrancy than Texas. The Lone Star State dominated the three size categories, with the No. 1 mid-sized city, El Paso (No. 3 overall, up 22 places from last year) and No.1 large metropolitan area Austin (No. 6 overall), joining Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood (the No. 1 small city) atop their respective lists.

Texas also produced three other of the top 10 smallest regions, including energy-dominated No. 4 Midland, which gained 41 places overall, and No. 10 Odessa, whose economy jumped a remarkable 57 places. It also added two other mid-size cities to its belt: No. 2 Corpus Christi and No. 4 McAllen-Edinburgh-Mission.

Whatever they are drinking in Texas, other states may want to imbibe. California–which boasted zero regions in the top 150–is a prime example. Indeed, a group of California officials, led by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, recently trekked to the Lone Star State to learn possible lessons about what drives job creation.

Let's break those down a bit more.

Out of 243 small cities, Texas had 3 of the top 4, 4 of the top 8, and 7 of the top 25:

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Looking at medium and large sized cities tells a similar story:

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Of 90 medium-sized cities, Texas has 3 of the top 5, plus number 18.

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Of 65 large cities examined, Texas had 4 of the top 5, plus number 15.

Then there's CEO Magazine, which yet again named Texas its number one state for business, just this week.

Not to mention: Texas' major cities all have unemployment rates below the national average and especially below the rates in California cities:

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It's not bragging if it's true. Despite Barack Obama's clear targeting of Texas, Texas thrives. That must be driving him a little bit crazy. No wonder he lost his cool with Texas reporter Brad Watson:

Texas is in Obama's head, but in all the wrong ways.

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Previous Trivia Tidbit: Texas Versus Other Top 20 States.

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Posted by Will Franklin · 5 May 2011 02:50 PM

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