Bryan-College Station took the top spot in the ranking, while the Temple-Killeen area came in at No. 22.

SmartAsset analyzed data for 200 metro areas using metrics including unemployment rate, change in total employment over the past year, median income, income growth, annual housing costs, the number of career counselors and the number post-secondary teachers.

Others making the top 10 included Huntsville, Alabama; Gainesville, Florida; Lincoln, Nebraska; Champaign-Urbana, Illinois; Provo-Orem, Utah; Tallahassee, Florida; Boulder, Colorado; and Tucson, Arizona.

Las Vegas, Nevada, came in dead last, because of its dependence on tourism, nightlife and lodging, all stricken hard by COVID-19.

Lula Jane’s award

Lula Jane’s bakery on Elm Avenue was named a Travelers Choice Winner for 2020 by TripAdvisor. The designation means the shop owned by Nancy Grayson is among the top 10% of restaurants in the world based on reviews collected last year, before the pandemic devastated travel.

This is the 18th year TripAdvisor has bestowed the awards.

The awards recognize the traveling public’s favorite hotels, restaurants and airlines around the world, according to a press releaes. A total of 4,817 businesses were deemed Travelers Choice worthy, including Lula Jane’s, 406 Elm Ave., whose menu includes an array of desserts, breakfast items and specialty dishes.


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