The Big D shrugged off the bankruptcy of American Airlines to add thousands of jobs last year and is expected to keep up the pace with growth in financial services, energy and healthcare.
5-year expected annual job growth rate: 2.8%
Per capita income: $39,548
Unemployment rate: 5.9%
The nation's energy capital is booming as the shale revolution spreads to oil, raising demand for drilling contractors, supplies and related financial services.
5-year expected annual job growth rate:2.6%
Per capita income: $42,804
Unemployment rate: 6%
The capital of Texas has been expanding at breakneck speed since the mid-1990s and continues to grow, drawing in high-tech jobs from California and increasing employment in government, education and construction.
5-year expected annual job growth rate: 3.2%
Per capita income: $35,222
Unemployment rate: 5.2%