10 Metro Areas With the Largest Population Growth

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In the past decade, metropolitan areas in the south and west saw great population growth. But when the recession hit near the end of the decade, cities like Las Vegas and Phoenix saw their populations plateau. Growth is expected to resume, driven by demographic trends such as the rise of Hispanics, the shifting of the nation's population center further to the west, and opportunities for jobs in industries like healthcare, logistics, technology, and finance, which rely more on human talent than access to natural resources to prosper. These metropolitan areas with more than a million residents saw the most growth between 2000 and 2009.

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