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America’s Fastest-Growing Cities Are…


In 2013, the United States experienced its lowest population gain since the Great Depression, according to WalletHub’s recent research.

Although some cities have it all and attract people from all across the country, others have been greatly affected by the economic crisis.

‘’Growth stood at .72 percent, largely in contrast with the 5 percent of the 1990s, a period of prosperity. Demographer William H. Frey of the Brookings Institution attributed the decline to the economic downturn. Not only did the crisis deter job-seeking migrants from flocking to the U.S., but it also discouraged couples from having children.’’

However, despite the crisis, some cities grow, while others continue to lose residents.  WalletHub identified the fastest-growing cities between 2008 and 2013.  They looked at metrics including population growth, how much unemployment has decreased, growth in educational attainment, median household income, regional gross-domestic product, etc.

According to the list, Mission, TX is the fastest-growing city, followed by Irving, TX and North Charleston, SC.

Here are the top 10 fastest-growing cities on WalletHub’s list:

  1. Mission, TX
  2. Irving, TX
  3. North Charleston, SC
  4. Greenville, NC
  5. Edinburg, TX
  6. Springdale, AR
  7. Concord, NC
  8. Austin, TX
  9. Pharr, TX
  10. East Los Angeles, CA
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