In These US Cities, the Economy Has Thrived

Fort Myers, Fla., leads the list
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 12, 2020 10:14 AM CDT
Here Are the Fastest-Growing Cities in America
Stock photo of Fort Myers, Fla.   (Getty Images/LUNAMARINA)

Although the country's economy as a whole has suffered greatly during the pandemic, some areas manage to do OK. Better than OK, actually, per WalletHub's ranking of the fastest-growing cities in America, which it gauged by looking at more than 515 small, midsized, and large cities across the country. It examined 17 metrics in two categories: sociodemographics, which includes such factors as population growth among those of working age, and jobs and the economy, which includes job growth, median household income growth, and the poverty rate. While it's true the stats were mainly taken between 2013 and 2019 (i.e., before the pandemic), WalletHub notes that "some cities know the key ingredients for long-term prosperity," and that "patterns emerge within those cities, allowing us to identify what factors contribute to a lasting cycle of growth." The top 10:

  1. Fort Myers, Fla. (No. 1 in "Jobs and Economy" category)
  2. Bend, Ore.
  3. Meridian, Idaho (No. 1 in "Sociodemographics" category)
  4. Milpitas, Calif.
  5. Enterprise, Nev.
  6. Frisco, Texas
  7. Town 'n' Country, Fla.
  8. Round Rock, Texas
  9. Mount Pleasant, SC
  10. Nampa, Idaho
See what other cities made the list. (Here, the 10 best- and worst-run cities in America.)

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