Jackson County ranked third in the state with the most incoming investments, according to the website SmartAdvisor.

Jackson County ranked third behind Forsyth County and Bryan County in the analysis. The data gave Jackson an investment index of 75.09.

The report calculates the amount of business growth, GDP, building permits and federal funding in a county then assigns a number based on those rankings.

The report said Jackson County had a business growth rate of 8.1 percent and a GDP of $258 million. New building permits were 37.3 per 1,000 homes and federal funding was said to be $7 per capita.

Other nearby counties in the top 10 were Barrow, Oconee and Greene.

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