Ohio, Pennsylvania and Michigan were three of the top four states cited by Site Selection magazine for new business growth within micropolitan areas. Great Lakes states dominated the rankings by garnering half of the top ten spots.
A micropolitan area is designated by the U.S. Census Bureau as a largely rural economy that includes a city of at least 10,000 people but less than 50,000 and covers at least one county. Of the 3,141 counties in the U.S., 694 are classified as micro areas and account for about 10 percent of America's population.
The Site Selection Rankings recognize the micropolitan areas with the most new or expanded capital projects the previous year as tracked by magazine publisher Conway Data Inc.'s New Plant Database. More here.