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Two N.J. towns make SpareFoot's list of America's top 15 economic power towns

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New Jerseyans will be please to hear that the Garden State is featured not once, but twice in SpareFoot's new list of America's top 15 economic power towns.

According to the release, to compile the list, online self-storage marketplace SpareFoot looked at 2010 data of all U.S. towns with 50,000 residents or less that are home to at least one Fortune 500 company. More than 150 towns fit into that category.

SpareFoot then analyzed different characterizes to rank the economic power of Fortune 500 towns:

  • Home ownership rate.
  • Median household income.
  • Local unemployment rate.
  • Percentage of residents living in poverty.
  • Ratio of media home value to median income.
  • Median value of owner-occupied homes.

Here is the list of the top 15 economic power towns and the Fortune 500 companies that reside there:Here is the list of America's top 15 economic power towns and the Fortune 500 companies that reside there:

  1. McLean, Va. (Freddie Mac, Capital One Financial, SAIC, Booz Allen Hamilton, Exelis, Gannett)
  2. Weston, Mass. (Biogen Idec)
  3. Riverwoods, Ill. (Discover Financial Services)
  4. Franklin Lakes, N.J. (Becton Dickinson)
  5. Warren, N.J. (Chubb)
  6. Armonk, N.Y. (IBM)
  7. Des Peres, Mo. (Jones Financial)
  8. Westport, Conn. (Terex)
  9. Oak Brook, Ill. (McDonald's)
  10. Dublin, Ohio (Cardinal Health)
  11. Chesterbrook, Pa. (AmerisourceBergen)
  12. Deerfield, Ill. (Walgreens, Mondelez International, Baxter International, CF Industries Holdings, United Stationers)
  13. Rye, N.Y. (Jarden)
  14. Lake Forest, Ill. (W.W. Grainger, Tenneco)
  15. Bloomfield Hills, Mich. (Penske Automotive Group)

For complete statistics about SpareFoot's list of the top towns, visit The SpareFoot Blog.

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Emily Bader is the copy and web editor at NJBIZ. She is a Brielle, N.J. native and a Rutgers University alum. You can contact her at emilyb@njbiz.com or @emilybader on Twitter.

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