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

1. New Orleans, La.

Change in population: 4.9%
Population 7/11: 360,740
Population 4/10: 343,829
Average annual city unemployment (2011): 8.8%
Increase in jobs (2010 to 2011): 6,900 (1.3%)

Continuing to rebound from the effects of Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans had the highest population growth in the country for any city over the size of 100,000. The city’s rate of population growth (4.9%) is more than six times the national average of 0.73%. The Big Easy’s MSA (New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner) had significant growth in information jobs and education and health services, at 7% and 3.6% respectively. Despite this growth, the city’s population is at just 80% of pre-Katrina levels.

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