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Monday, December 31, 2012
Dallas Star-Telegram

Uber-urbanist Joel Kotkin determined that Fort Worth-Arlington was No. 4 in his rankings of the best places for jobs.

Dallas-Plano-Irving was No. 5, behind No. 1 Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos and No. 3 Salt Lake City, which also rebounded nicely from its drubbing by the travel snobs.

Kotkin also found that paychecks in Texas cities stretch further.

The new study looked at average annual wages in the nation's 51 largest metros and adjusted them for cost of living. Houston led by a long shot, with Dallas-Fort Worth at No. 5 and Austin at No. 8.

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"Greenurbia is the suburbs of the future. The suburbs of the 1950s were bedroom communities for people who commuted into the city. Today, there’s much more employment in the suburbs, and the big change is the number of people working full-time or part-time at home. Having people commute from one computer screen to another doesn’t make sense."

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Praise for The Next Hundred Million

Kotkin has a striking ability to envision how global forces will shape daily family life, and his conclusions can be thought-provoking as well as counterintuitive. It's amazing there isn't more public discussion about the enormous changes ahead, and reassuring to have this talented thinker on the case. — Jennifer Ludden, NPR national desk correspondent

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