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

6. Tampa, Fla.

Change in population: 3.1%
Population 7/11: 346,037
Population 4/10: 335,709
Average annual city unemployment (2011): 11.2%
Increase in jobs (2010 to 2011): 20,300 (1.8%)

While at the top of the list for its increase in population, Tampa is at the bottom of cities for median income. Of the 68 MSAs included in the study, the Tampa metropolitan area has the fourth-lowest median annual household income of $43,547. It has the second-highest proportion (15.8%) of households with annual income between $35,000 and $49,999. Driving Tampa’s increase in jobs are the leisure and hospitality industries, with a 2.5% increase between 2010 and 2011. One Touch Direct alone has pledged to create 700 jobs in the area. This increase in jobs helped Tampa have the second-largest decrease in unemployment between May 2011 and 2012.

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