Benton County ranked second in the state, behind Hood River County in the survey. From 2009 to 2011, Benton County saw a working-age population growth of 5.8 percent, and its households earned a median income of $47,716 in 2011, the most recent year data was used.
Nerd Wallet found the best places for job seekers in the state by asking the following questions:
- Is the county growing? "We assessed growth in the
working-age population, ages 16 and older, from 2009 to 2011 to ensure that the
county was attracting workers and exhibiting a trend of upward population
- Can you afford to live in the county comfortably? "We measured a county’s median household income to see if workers made a good living. We also analyzed the monthly homeowner costs, including mortgage
payments, to see if the county had a reasonable cost of living."
- Are most people employed? "We looked at the unemployment rate."