EAST TEXAS — Tyler and Longview are getting new national attention for having great economies. KETK reports Bismarck, North Dakota., beat out Tyler for the top spot in the new study of small metro areas across the country, and Longview came in third. The study was conducted by a real estate firm out of Washington, D.C.; the rankings are based on economic strength measured by current and forecasted job growth, population growth, income levels, and ratios of the working population to total population.
Both Longview and Tyler’s economic development divisions noted diversity as a reason for the high rankings. Tom Mullins with the Tyler Economic Development Council (pictured) says Tyler has shown a lot of growth in technology jobs, particularly telecommunications. According to Mullins, “Companies like Suddenlink have been growing here; we have small Internet, new software companies that are growing here. We have this huge medical base; we have higher educational activity. So there are a lot of things happening in our economy that are showing diverse strength.”