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Study shows 2017’s Fastest-Growing Cities in America

With economic growth expected to slow in the short term after a devastating hurricane season, the personal-finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2017’s Fastest-Growing Cities in America.

To determine where the most rapid local economic growth occurred over a period of seven years, WalletHub’s analysts compared 515 U.S. cities across 15 key metrics. The data set ranges from population growth to college-educated population growth to unemployment rate decrease. In addition, we produced a separate ranking by city size.

Fastest-Growing Cities in America Slowest-Growing Cities in America
1 Frisco, TX 506 Waterbury, CT
2 Kent, WA 507 Racine, WI
3 Lehigh Acres, FL 508 Fort Smith, AK
4 Meridian, ID 509 Davenport, IA
5 Midland, TX 510 Baton Rouge, LA
6 McKinney, TX 511 Montgomery, AL
7 Fort Myers, FL 512 Decatur, IL
8 Bend, OR 513 Fayetteville, NC
9 Austin, TX 514 Jacksonville, NC
10 Pleasanton, CA 515 Shreveport, LA

Key Stats

  • Kent, Washington, experienced the highest population growth, at 5.96 percent. Conversely, Gary, Indiana experienced the highest population decrease, at 1.30 percent.
  • San Marcos, California, experienced the highest household income increase, at 9.81 percent. Conversely, Trenton, New Jersey, experienced the highest household income decrease, at 2.35 percent.
  • Frisco, Texas, experienced the highest job growth, at 5.83 percent. Conversely, Shreveport, Louisiana, experienced the highest jobs decrease, at 1.16 percent.
  • Fort Myers, Florida, experienced the highest decrease in poverty rate, at 2.92 percent. Conversely, Shreveport, Louisiana, experienced the highest increase in poverty rate, at 1.55 percent.
  • Midland, Texas, experienced the highest growth in real GDP per capita, at 7.68 percent. Conversely, Lafayette, Louisiana, experienced the highest decrease in real GDP per capita, at 4.52 percent.

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