Texas Boom

Austin named the No. 1 fastest growing large city in the country

Austin named the No. 1 fastest growing large city in the country

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Austin is the No. 1 fastest growing large city in the country, according to WalletHub. Texas Wide Open for Business/Facebook

If it feels like Austin just won't stop growing, here's proof: WalletHub recently conducted an in-depth analysis of 2016’s fastest growing cities, and Austin took the No. 1 spot among large metros.

To identify the places that grew the most rapidly between 2009 and 2015, analysts at the personal-finance website compared 515 U.S. cities across 14 key metrics, ranging from population growth rate to college-educated population growth to unemployment rate decrease. WalletHub ranked them all, then produced separate rankings for large (300,000 or more), midsize (100,000-300,000), and small cities (less than 100,000).

Frisco took the No. 1 spot overall. Also in the top 10 on that list is McKinney, at No. 8. Fort Worth ranks highly on the large cities list, at No. 7, and League City, in Galveston County, is the fastest growing small city. 

According to the survey, Frisco experienced the highest job growth, at 5.32 percent, while No. 15 College Station had the highest household income increase, at 9.07 percent. McKinney saw the highest poverty rate decrease, at 9.63 percent.

All in all, Texas is obviously booming. Unfortunately, Ohio can’t say the same thing. Three cities there — Cleveland (No. 508), Cincinnati (No. 509), and Toledo (No. 512) — came in as the 10 slowest growing. Jacksonville, North Carolina, came in last, at No. 515. 

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