The 35 cities in the US with the biggest influx of people, the most work opportunities, and the hottest business growth

Austin, Texas, showed the greatest five-year growth in population and housing.

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Austin, Texas, showed the greatest five-year growth in population and housing.
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  • MagnifyMoney looked at the 100 largest US metros to determine the “biggest boomtowns” in America.
  • In these up-and-coming cities, population and housing, workforce and employment opportunities, and business are booming.
  • Texas cities took up one-third of the top 15 metros, with Austin taking the top spot.

If you’re looking for an up-and-coming city with a growing business scene, you won’t find popular destinations like New York City or Los Angeles on any list.

Rather, Texas and parts of the Mountain region are taking over and considered the “biggest boomtowns” in America.

That’s according to MagnifyMoney, which looked at the 100 largest metropolitan areas around the US and their change from 2011-2016 to determine which cities have the biggest influx of people, most work opportunities, and biggest business growth based on US Census data.

To calculate the ranking, every metro was scored on a scale of 100 in three categories:

  • People and housing: How many people are flocking to the area and is the metro keeping up, considering total population and housing units.
  • Workforce and employment opportunities: Unemployment rates, civilian labor force, and median earnings.
  • Growing industry: Rate of business and industry growth, including number of establishments and paid employees per paid period.

Each category was scored relative to other metros and looking at positive and negative changes in the area. The biggest positive change scores a 100, except unemployment rate, which was reversed in respect to the scale.

Below are the top 35 metros that showed the most people, business, and opportunity growth over a five-year period.


35. Greenville, South Carolina

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Shutterstock/Sean Pavone

Population and housing score: 31.7

Workforce and earning score: 43.2

Business growth score: 38.3


34. Columbus, Ohio

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f11photo/Shutterstock

Population and housing score: 31.9

Workforce and earning score: 38.9

Business growth score: 44.1


33. Omaha, Nebraska

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Esme/Shutterstock

Population and housing score: 38.2

Workforce and earning score: 44

Business growth score: 35.7


32. Atlanta, Georgia

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f11photo/Shutterstock

Population and housing score: 37.1

Workforce and earning score: 30

Business growth score: 53.4


31. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

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Kool Cats Photography over 5 Million Views/flickr

Population and housing score: 45.6

Workforce and earning score: 44.4

Business growth score: 30.8


30. New Orleans, Louisiana

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GTS Productions/Shutterstock

Population and housing score: 43.5

Workforce and earning score: 26.9

Business growth score: 50.7


29. Miami, Florida

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pisaphotography/Shutterstock

Population and housing score: 31.1

Workforce and earning score: 31.5

Business growth score: 58.8


28. Phoenix, Arizona

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Sean Pavone/Shutterstock

Population and housing score: 45.5

Workforce and earning score: 28.9

Business growth score: 48.8


27. Grand Rapids, Michigan

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Maria Dryfhout/Shutterstock

Population and housing score: 19.5

Workforce and earning score: 53.3

Business growth score: 52


26. Las Vegas, Nevada

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littleny/Shutterstock

Population and housing score: 44.1

Workforce and earning score: 17.1

Business growth score: 64.2


25. Sarasota, Florida

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Shutterstock/Sean Pavone

Population and housing score: 37.7

Workforce and earning score: 38.1

Business growth score: 55.1


24. El Paso, Texas

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Bill Chizek/Shutterstock

Population and housing score: 54.1

Workforce and earning score: 39.1

Business growth score: 38.5


23. Colorado Springs, Colorado

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Shutterstock/John Hoffman

Population and housing score: 54.3

Workforce and earning score: 32.3

Business growth score: 45.8


22. San Francisco, California

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Richard Heyes/Flickr

Population and housing score: 31.6

Workforce and earning score: 47.5

Business growth score: 55.8


21. Portland, Oregon

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Josemaria Toscano/Shutterstock

Population and housing score: 38.3

Workforce and earning score: 43.5

Business growth score: 57.6


20. Seattle, Washington

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Roman Khomlyak/Shutterstock

Population and housing score: 45.9

Workforce and earning score: 45.6

Business growth score: 49.4


19. San Jose, California

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Facebook/VisitSanJose

Population and housing score: 39.4

Workforce and earning score: 53.4

Business growth score: 49.5


18. Salt Lake City, Utah

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f11photo/Shutterstock

Population and housing score: 46

Workforce and earning score: 48

Business growth score: 52.7


17. Fort Myers, Florida

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FloridaStock/Shutterstock

Population and housing score: 44.2

Workforce and earning score: 36.5

Business growth score: 66.8


16. Durham, North Carolina

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Sean Pavone/Shutterstock

Population and housing score: 55.9

Workforce and earning score: 42.2

Business growth score: 55.9


15. Des Moines, Iowa

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f11photo/Shutterstock

Population and housing score: 59.7

Workforce and earning score: 42.8

Business growth score: 52.5


14. Orlando, Florida

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Shutterstock/Songquan Deng

Population and housing score: 55.7

Workforce and earning score: 33.1

Business growth score: 67.6


13. Charlotte, North Carolina

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digidreamgrafix/Shutterstock

Population and housing score: 55.7

Workforce and earning score: 39.8

Business growth score: 64.2


12. Ogden, Utah

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shutterstock/canadastock

Population and housing score: 51.2

Workforce and earning score: 46.8

Business growth score: 63.3


11. Houston, Texas

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f11photo/Shutterstock

Population and housing score: 77.7

Workforce and earning score: 41.9

Business growth score: 43.9


10. McAllen, Texas

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Visit McAllen/Facebook

Population and housing score: 60.3

Workforce and earning score: 62.2

Business growth score: 44.3


9. San Antonio, Texas

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Sean Pavone/Shutterstock

Population and housing score: 57.2

Workforce and earning score: 45.4

Business growth score: 64.5


8. Boise, Idaho

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shutterstock/CSNafzger

Population and housing score: 53.2

Workforce and earning score: 47.8

Business growth score: 67


7. Dallas, Texas

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Sean Pavone/iStock

Population and housing score: 61.4

Workforce and earning score: 48.7

Business growth score: 64.4


6. Denver, Colorado

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Andrew Zarivny/Shutterstock

Population and housing score: 52.2

Workforce and earning score: 58.3

Business growth score: 65.3


5. Nashville, Tennessee

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Scott Heaney/Shutterstock

Population and housing score: 54.5

Workforce and earning score: 54.6

Business growth score: 72.9


4. Charleston, South Carolina

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Sean Pavone/Shutterstock

Population and housing score: 66.9

Workforce and earning score: 60.6

Business growth score: 71.7


3. Raleigh, North Carolina

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Sharkshock/Shutterstock

Population and housing score: 84.1

Workforce and earning score: 48.3

Business growth score: 70.8


2. Provo, Utah

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Provo City/Facebook

Population and housing score: 79.9

Workforce and earning score: 52.2

Business growth score: 95.1


1. Austin, Texas

Austin, Texas, showed the greatest five-year growth in population and housing.

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f11photo/Shutterstock

Population and housing score: 100

Workforce and earning score: 70.3

Business growth score: 93