2. Houston, Texas
The Houston area continues to grow. "Oil and Gas, of course, ranked the highest in terms of needing highly skilled and educated employees. But let's not lose sight of medical, technology, engineering, retail, education, and financial fields -- all large sectors in West Houston. There is a scramble for highly educated and skilled employees," says Jeannie Bollinger, president and CEO of the Houston West Chamber of Commerce. According to Dice numbers, Texas actually ranked as the fourth fastest-growing technology employment state in the United States, which explains how three cities from The Lone Star State made it onto this list.
Professional Sports Teams: The Texans, the Astros, the Rockets, the Dynamo, and the Dash.