CNNMoney analyzed the latest U.S. Census Bureau population growth data of the top cities and reported the 10 Big Booming Cities based on total population increase from July 1, 2011 to July 1, 2012. Five of the top-10 growth markets were located in Texas while two were in California. These 10 cities alone accounted for 12.4 percent of the total population increase nationwide in that time period.
The population numbers are based on the individual city population increase and not the surrounding Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). In the table following, not only are the city-specific population data reported, but in addition I have added the increase in the total number of jobs in the entire MSA and the percentage MSA growth rate in jobs. While the U.S. had a job growth rate in that period of 1.61 percent, each of these total population growth rate cities posted a minimum 2 percent growth rate, with several gaining more than 3.5 percent. The MSAs of these top growth cities accounted for 28.5 percent of the total growth in jobs from July 1, 2011 to July 1, 2012.
To view the population growth for all U.S. cities in the U.S. with a base population of 50,000 or greater, click http://factfinder2.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/PEP/2012/PEPANNRSIP.US12A.
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Once again, jobs are everything.