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Four Virginia locations received top ten rankings from Business Facilities Magazine’s 2012 Metro Rankings Report. Now in its eighth year, the report recognizes future economic leaders by ranking more than 350 Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) in 13 categories.
Arlington and Richmond, Va., both earned top ten placements for Best Quality of Life. Virginia’s 57 state and national parks, top-ranked schools, low unemployment and abundant cultural resources routinely garner national attention.
Arlington, ranked No. 3, boasts the highest per capita income and the highest home values in the region, while Richmond, ranked No. 9, offers the state’s top ranked hospital and largest four-year college.
The Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, Va., area received a top five win in the Jobs Growth Leaders category with a No. 4 ranking. Home to Virginia Tech, Radford University and New River Community College, the region’s rapid growth is supported by a highly educated workforce.
Norfolk, Va., gained the No. 7 spot in the Logistics Leaders - Ports category. The Port of Virginia is the deepest port on the U.S. East Coast, linking Virginia to nearly 400 ports in more than 100 countries worldwide.
To learn more about Virginia’s winning combination of outstanding quality of life, strong workforce and excellent infrastructure click here.
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