According to the real estate feature Best Places To Get Ahead on Forbes.com, the best areas for income and housing growth are not located in the areas most would think, like New York City, San Fransciso or even Los Angelos. Not to say that these areas don't offer the potential to succeed, however, these areas are the most competitive throughout the country and don't boast the best employment opportunities for the average American. Furthermore, Forbes has comprised a list of the areas where the median income data had risen since 2000 and local economies have boomed. For example, "The places that experienced prolonged income and job booms since 2000 are often satellite economies of larger cities. Within a metropolitan area, the central city is typically the driving force of the economy. But as suburban counties develop, they often turn into secondary economic centers with their own industry and jobs. "