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Prince William Ranks on Best Counties to Work List

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, Va. — If it’s a good place to work you’re looking for, Prince William County ranks with the best of them.

The county was listed number 16 in a survey of best counties to work in by NerdWallet, boasting an unemployment rate of 4.9%, median household income of year-round workers of $57,476, and population growth of 5.8%.

NerdWallet, an online financial advice forum, compiled a list of the top 20 counties to work in with Williams County, N.D. ranked as number one, and nearby Arlington and Loudoun counties ranking 2 and 3, respectively. Rounding out the top 20 were Uintah County, Utah, 18, Carver County, Minn., 19, and Boulder County, Colo., 20.

Prince William had the highest average commute time than any of the 20 counties named, with 39.7 minutes.

A total of 7,800 new jobs were created last year in Prince William County, according the county’s economic development office. By the end of the year, retail made up nearly half of the county’s commercial inventory mix.

A bedroom community outside Washington, D.C., Prince William County markets itself to businesses as being strategically located near Quantico Marine Corps Base and Fort Belvoir, as well as close to two major airports — Regan National and Dulles International.

More than 409,000 residents lived in Prince William County as of June 2011. Population in the county is expected to grow to nearly 536,000 by 2030, according to information from Prince William County’s Chief Demographer.

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