Forbes rated the 100 most populous Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) based on six metrics. Using data from Moody's Analytics, Forbes assessed the estimated rate of population growth for 2012 and 2013, the rate of job growth in 2012, and the rate of gross metro product growth, or economic growth, for 2012. Forbes also factored in federal unemployment data and median salaries for local college-educated workers, courtesy of Payscale.com. The result is a list of the 20 fastest-growing metro areas in America in terms of population and economy.
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