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10 Fastest-Growing Metro Areas in America

St. George, Utah, takes the No. 1 spot, and it's mostly because of out-of-staters
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 22, 2018 9:25 AM CDT
10 Fastest-Growing Metro Areas in America
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(Newser) – Residents in St. George, Utah, probably won't be surprised to learn they're living in the fastest-growing metro area in America—the constant new housing and business construction is likely a giveaway, the Spectrum notes. The region took top honors based on the US Census Bureau's newly released figures comparing populations from 2016 to 2017, with 86% of the St. George area's newest members arriving from outside the Beehive State. That net domestic migration also influenced the growth in two other metro areas on the list: Greeley, Colo., and Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Here, the top 10 and their percentage growths:

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  1. St. George, Utah; 4% to 165,662
  2. Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, SC and NC; 3.7% to 464,165
  3. Greeley, Colo.; 3.5% to 304,633
  4. Bend-Redmond, Ore.; 3.4% to 186,875
  5. Coeur d'Alene, Idaho; 2.9% to 157,637
  6. Lakeland-Winter Haven, Fla.; 2.9% to 686,483
  7. Boise City, Idaho; 2.8% to 709,845
  8. Provo-Orem, Utah; 2.7% to 617,675
  9. Austin-Round Rock, Texas; 2.7% to 2.1 million
  10. The Villages, Fla.; 2.5% to 125,165
See what other metro areas and counties are seeing rapid population boosts here. (Also check out the fastest-growing cities in America.)

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