Ah, life in the suburbs. If TV and movies are to be believed, it’ll either leave you feeling bored and longing for the excitement of the city or suspicious of your neighbors and the dark secrets they’re hiding. In exchange for their beautiful neighborhoods and spacious homes, suburbanites trade long commutes to good jobs in the city, right?
Not always. As suburbs continue to grow, some of them are—at least in economic terms—desirable places to live, offering jobs at major companies without the hassle of commuting. By our count, 124 of the Fortune 500 companies are based in communities with fewer than 50,000 residents. In fact, 14 of these communities host more than one Fortune 500 company.