Texas Dominates Forbes' List of Fastest Growing Cities Thanks to "Robust" Economic Growth

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Justin Terveen
Every year, Forbes puts out a list. More accurately, the magazine puts out about a gazillion lists with varying degrees of credibility, one of which ranks the fastest growing cities in the nation.

This year's results are in, and Texas managed to nab gold, silver and bronze, sweeping the top three spots (Austin, Dallas and Houston). The magazine was not particularly surprised by this revelation, given that census figures had already revealed that the state welcomed 427,000 new residents between August 2011 and July 2012.

"Robust labor markets, unemployment rates under 6% (well below the national average), no state income tax, a business-friendly regulatory environment, and strong population inflows all contributed to Texas towns' high rankings," Forbes' Morgan Brennan writes.

Dallas doesn't get quite the love that top-ranked Austin does. That city is described in the article as an "economic powerhouse" and "a very relaxed place full of smart people who work their tails off." But our economy is projected to grow by a healthy 5.9 percent during 2013, with the population swelling by 2.1 percent. And that was before Attorney General Greg Abbott laid out the welcome mat for gun-toting New Yorkers.


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Michelle Lillian Carrow
Michelle Lillian Carrow

Texas Pride is HUGE for majority of Texans and we enjoy living here. I think it's great for our economy that the top three fastest growing cities in the nation are right HERE within hours from eachother. These three cities are also listed as Best Places for Business & Careers in Forbes( Dallas no.8 Austin no.9 Houston no.20). If you don't like the crowds/traffic/crime move out of the city or move out of Texas! KEEP AUSTIN WEIRD - KEEP DALLAS PRETENTIOUS

Susan Durham
Susan Durham

Uhhh...What's with the malaprops, guys? You do this a lot.

Steve Gehlsen
Steve Gehlsen

More crowds, more traffic, more crime, what's the upside???

Toasty Ryder
Toasty Ryder

Everybody in Texas knows what a great city it is..

Greg Pulte
Greg Pulte

The reality is nobody ever wanted to live here and companies did not want to locate here so we had low property values and low cost of living not being in demand. Now that the cost of living is so high everywhere else, Texas is growing.

fistofsouth
fistofsouth

@Steve Gehlsen I'd start with the Dallas Stars, then move on to point out the cultural dominance that comes from being a massive population center including things like the Perot, KW Park and Large Marge.  

fistofsouth
fistofsouth

@Greg Pulte I have eight generations of family members that wanted to live here.  I've been around the world and still want to live here.  No one comes to DALLAS to sight-see, but the Gulf Coast, Trans-Pecos, Hill Country and Piney Woods are a different animal all together.

What cities per say do people want to live in?  Must be those captivating, culture-less rust-belt cities huh? ?  The vitamin D deficient Northeast and Northwest where the suicide rates directly coincide with their lack of exposure to sunlight?  Perhaps it's the cities of California where the and is beautiful and the people are soulless?

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