No. 15

No. 15

Shreveport-Bossier City, La.

Companies planning to hire in next quarter: 19%
Best job prospects: Wholesale & Retail Trade, Information, Financial Activities, Professional & Business Services, Education & Health Services, Leisure & Hospitality, Other Services
Population: 200,199
Average home price in January: $139,200
Unemployment rate: 6.4%

Shreveport and Bossier City are separated by the Red River. The area, which has a low cost of living, has seen new jobs coming from the natural gas industry and the movie business. (A number of recent movies include scenes filmed in Shreveport, including Oliver Stone's W.)