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24/7 Wall St.: Fastest Growing Cities in America

2. Austin, Texas

Change in population: 3.8%
Population 7/11: 820,611
Population 4/10: 790,390
Average annual city unemployment (2011): 6.2%
Increase in jobs (2010 to 2011): 21,900 (2.8%)

Austin added 30,221 people between April 2010 and June 2011, a rate of more than 2,000 per month. Alongside this population growth, the Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos MSA has experienced tremendous economic growth. Real GDP rose 6.97% from 2009 to 2010, while the area added 21,900 jobs in 2011, helping to lower the unemployment rate to 6.2% that year. In 2010, 15% of housing units in the metropolitan area were five years old or less, the highest such proportion among all metropolitan areas reviewed by 24/7 Wall St. While many regions had weak housing markets in 2011, Austin housing prices actually rose in the fourth quarter of 2011 versus the last quarter of the previous year, reaching a median price of $188,000.
(AP Photo)

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