How We Chose Our Top Ten Cities for 2009

Here's a brief overview of our Best Cities methodology.

Our process is based on the work of Kevin Stolarick, of the Martin Prosperity Institute, a think tank that studies economic prosperity. Stolarick came up with a formula that identifies cities with stable employment, even in tough times. "We found cities that are independent of the national trends -- places that may slow down but still keep adding jobs," Stolarick says.

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