A change is taking place in the United States. You could always count on Las Vegas, Phoenix, Atlanta and Dallas to be in the top tier of the fastest growing cities in America. However no one thought that Fargo with its cold winters would be in the top ten list! Of course, no one figured on the oil and gas boom that is taking place in the land of the buffalo!
Business Insider listed the fastest growing cities in America based on three criteria:
1. Population: Population growth in the working-age population (16+) between 2007 and 2011
2. Employment: Growth in the percentage of employed residents 16+ between 2007 and 2011
3. Income: Growth in median income for workers between 2007 and 2011
Here are the top five:
1. New Orleans, Louisiana
The Big Easy has made an inspirational comeback since 2005's Hurricane Katrina!
Rising out of the tragedy, New Orleans has rebuilt itself into a thriving energy, education and tech hub. Rich with music, food and culture, New Orleans has plenty to offer, and the schools are improving as well—in the past 10 years, the percentage of eighth-grade students passing Louisiana’s LEAP test has more than doubled.
The city’s universities show a commitment to public service and community enrichment, and Tulane University’s GIST Program connects seventh grade girls with female role models and mentors in STEM fields. Additionally, Dillard University has expanded their campus in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, thereby supporting the New Orleans community.
2. Gainesville, Florida:
This city is a growing startup hub and it has plenty of resources for entrepreneurs. The Gainesville Technology Enterprise Center provides tools and training for early-stage startups.
High schoolers can benefit from this entrepreneurial environment as well by participating in the University of Florida’s outreach and youth program, such as the Young Entrepreneurs for Leadership and Sustainability Summer Program.
3. Fargo, North Dakota:
Fargo's thriving manufacturing, education and healthcare industries contribute to its growing economy. Businesspeople can take advantage of the city’s Department of Economic Development.
There is a variety of entertainment in Fargo as well. The city holds plenty of parks, a yearly winter carnival, the largest art museum in the state and the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra.
4. Fayetteville, North Carolina:
Fayetteville's population has grown by 20% over just four years. The three-time winner of the All-America City Award, Fayetteville is known for its commitment to veterans, and its economy is largely based on the defense industry and Fort Bragg, a U.S. Army installation.
Fayetteville State University is committed to economic development, and the school offers an annual youth entrepreneurship conference as well as a green business conference.
5. Odessa, Texas:
Although Odessa has relied on the oil industry in the past, the city is expanding into other energy industries, including wind and clean coal.
This growing city has plenty of entertainment opportunities and historical sites as well, including the Odessa Meteor Crater and the White-Pool House, a historic museum built in 1887.