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Despite the recession and housing bust, the following Ten U.S. Cities have managed to record increase in population by 30 percent or more in the last ten years, according to the reports put forward by the Census Bureau.

So, what do such reports tell us regarding the demographic growth of our metropolitan areas? Most certainly low density, sustained economic development and low-priced, affordable housing all persist to population gravity center towards particular Sun Belt metro cities, mostly in Texas and the southeast. It shows that the great recession and the housing bust us not changing anything. Even the hyped preference for solid urbanity has not been successful in turning this trend around.

We have used information from Moody’s Analytics. The list below has been compiled using the assessment of the following factors:

  • The rate of job growth in 2012
  • The rate of population growth for 2012
  • The estimated rate of population escalation for 2013
  • The economic growth rate for 2012
  • The unemployment rate (source: Federal unemployment data)
  • Medial yearly salaries

10. Portland, Ore.

The city has seen a dramatic population growth in 2012.

Figures:

Population growth in 2012 1.8 percent
Expected Population growth in 2013 1.8 percent
Overall Job growth in the area 1.7 percent
The unemployment rate in the city 7.4 percent
Median Salary in the city $60,200
Aggregate metro product 4.1 percent

 

9. San Antonio

Being the 7th most populous city in the country and 2nd most populous in Texas, San Antonio has seen substantial population growth last year.

Population growth in 2012 2.1 percent
Estimated Population growth in 2013 2.0 percent
Overall Job growth in the area 2 percent
The unemployment rate in the city 5.6 percent
Median Salary in the city $56,900
Aggregate metro product 4.1 percent

 

8. Phoenix

Population growth in 2012 1 percent
Estimated Population growth in 2013 2.7 percent
Overall Job growth in the area 2.5 percent
The unemployment rate in the city 6.5 percent
Median Salary in the city $62,600
Aggregate metro product 4.1 percent

 

7. Provo, Utah

Population growth in 2012 2.5 percent
Estimated Population growth in 2013  2.6 percent
Overall Job growth in the area 2.4 percent
The unemployment rate in the city 4.6 percent
Median Salary in the city $54,300
Aggregate metro product 4.0 percent

 

6. Seattle

Population growth in 2012 1.3 percent
Estimated Population growth in 2013  1.2 percent
Overall Job growth in the area 2.6 percent
The unemployment rate in the city 6.8 percent
Median Salary in the city $69,900
Aggregate metro product 5.5 percent

 

5. Salt Lake City

Population growth in 2012 1.5 percent
Estimated Population growth in 2013 1.5 percent
Overall Job growth in the area 2.8 percent
The unemployment rate in the city 4.8 percent
Median Salary in the city $60,000
Aggregate metro product 5.3 percent

 

4. Raleigh, N.C.

Population growth in 2012 3.3 percent
Estimated Population growth in 2013  3.4 percent
Overall Job growth in the area 2.3 percent
The unemployment rate in the city 7.2 percent
Median Salary in the city $63,600
Aggregate metro product 4.7 percent

 

3. Dallas

Population growth in 2012 2.1 percent
Estimated Population growth in 2013 2.1 percent
Overall Job growth in the area 2.1 percent
The unemployment rate in the city 5.7 percent
Median Salary in the city $65,100
Aggregate metro product 5.9 percent

 

2. Houston

Population growth in 2012 2 percent
Estimated Population growth in 2013 2 percent
Overall Job growth in the area 3.4 percent
The unemployment rate in the city 5.8 percent
Median Salary in the city $70,900
Aggregate metro product 6.8 percent

 

1. Austin, Texas

Population growth in 2012 2.8 percent
Estimated Population growth in 2013  2.7 percent
Overall Job growth in the area 3.1 percent
The unemployment rate in the city 4.9 percent
Median Salary in the city $63,200
Aggregate metro product 6.3 percent

 

 

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Written by Margarita Hakobyan

Margarita Hakobyan is CEO and Founder of Moverscorp.com.