The 15 Cities With The Fastest Economic Growth

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U.S. GDP grew 2.5% in 2010 after falling 2.5% in 2009.

Some cities grew much faster than others.

A new report by the Bureau of Economic Analysis shows how 366 metropolitan areas each fared in 2010.

We pulled together the 15 fastest growing metropolitan areas, and highlighted the industries driving those gains. 

Note: GDP figures are for 2010. Population figures are based on 2009 US Census estimates.

#15 Lawton, Oklahoma

Change 2009 - 2010: 6.9%

Real GDP: $4.2 billion

Population: 113,228

Leading Industry: Leisure and hospitality

Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis / U.S. Census Bureau

#14 Rochester, Minnesota

Change 2009 - 2010: 6.9%

Real GDP: $8.7 billion

Population: 185,618

Leading industry: Education and health services

Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis / U.S. Census Bureau

#13 Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, Texas

Change 2009 - 2010: 7%

Real GDP: $82 billion

Population: 1.7 million

Leading industry: Trade

Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis / U.S. Census Bureau

#12 Elmira, New York

Change 2009 - 2010: 7%

Real GDP: $2.6 billion

Population: 88,331

Leading industry: Trade and durable goods manufacturing

Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis / U.S. Census Bureau

#11 Oshkosh-Neenah, WI

Change 2009 - 2010: 7.1%

Real GDP: $7.1 billion

Population: 163,370

Leading industry: Durable goods manufacturing

Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis / U.S. Census Bureau

#10 Morgantown, West Virginia

Change 2009 - 2010: 7.4%

Real GDP: $5.2 billion

Population: 120,327

Leading industry: Finance, and professional and business services

Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis / U.S. Census Bureau

#9 Shreveport-Bossier City, Louisiana

Change 2009 - 2010: 7.5%

Real GDP: $21.2 billion

Population: 391,516

Leading industry: Natural resources and mining

Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis / U.S. Census Bureau

#8 Hinesville-Fort Stewart, Georgia

Change 2009 - 2010: 7.7%

Real GDP: $3 billion

Population: 74,420

Leading industry: Government jobs

Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis / U.S. Census Bureau


#7 Williamsport, Pennsylvania

Change 2009 - 2010: 7.8%

Real GDP: $3.4 billion

Population: 116.840

Leading industry: Trade, natural resources and mining

Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis / U.S. Census Bureau

#6 Lafayette, Louisiana

Change 2009 - 2010: 8.3%

Real GDP: $16.4 billion

Population: 263,171

Leading industry: Finance

Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis / U.S. Census Bureau

#5 Midland, Texas

Change 2009 - 2010: 9.3%

Real GDP: $9.9 billion

Population: 132,316

Leading industry: Natural resources and mining

Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis / U.S. Census Bureau

#4 Columbus, Indiana

Change 2009 - 2010: 10.1%

Real GDP: $3.9 billion

Population: 76,063

Leading industry: Durable goods manufacturing.

Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis / U.S. Census Bureau

#3 Elkhart-Goshen, Indiana

Change 2009 - 2010: 13%

Real GDP: $8.8 billion

Population: 200,502

Leading industry: Durable goods manufacturing

Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis / U.S. Census Bureau

#2 San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California

Change 2009 - 2010: 13.4%

Real GDP: $167.7 billion

Population: 1.84 million

Leading industry: Information technology

Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis / U.S. Census Bureau

#1 Elizabethtown, Kentucky

Change 2009 - 2010: 14.4%

Real GDP: $4.65 billion

Population: 113,433

Leading industry: Government jobs

Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis / U.S. Census Bureau

Now that you know which metros are growing, read on to see which states have a bad job market...

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