Jasper Named one of the Top 100 Micropolitan Cities in America for 2014

CityofJasper_WebLogo-300x290JASPER (Local Sources) – Jasper has been named one of America’s Top 100 Micropolitan Cities for the year 2014 in the March edition of Site Selection Magazine.  In determining the rankings the magazine used criteria based on corporate facility investment deals during a calendar year.

“This is another positive, outstanding achievement”, said Mayor Terry Seitz.  “The use of fact-based statistical analysis in these lists is representative of the significant investments our businesses are making here.  There are 576 micropolitans in the United States.  A total of seven Indiana cities made the Top 100 list.

The U. S. Census Bureau defines a micropolitan area as “an urban core of at least 10,000 but less than 50,000 in total population”.  Typically, micropolitan cities are centers of population and production, drawing workers and shoppers from a wide local area.  Jasper’s population in 2012 was 15,309 and it is known as a regional center of employment, healthcare, shopping and entertainment.

In 2014, Jasper was named as one of the 10 Best Cities to Live in Indiana and one of Indiana’s 10 Safest Cities by movoto.com. In addition, Dubois County continually has Indiana’s highest level of employment and was recently ranked as one of the best counties in which to grow up by Raj Chetty and Nathaniel Hendren in a study published May 5 by the New York Times.

“It seems the entire country is finding out about Jasper and Dubois County”, stated Mayor Seitz.  “Add to that the Jasper Giga City fiber optics buildout, being named a quarter finalist in the America’s Best Communities contest and all the great things happening in our neighboring communities and we have a great place to live and work.”

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