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Winner: Phoenix
Population growth 2000-2009: 34%

The population in Phoenix surged during the housing bubble, when the city attracted a growing number of retirees looking for a warm climate and affordable homes. Between 2004 and 2006, the number of residents spiked more than 4% annually.

Though that kind of growth ceased when the real estate market plunged, Phoenix has been able to maintain growth of about 2% thanks to a continued influx of immigrants.

Rewards:

* Will likely receive additional federal funding above the $4.6 billion it got in 2008.

* Arizona could gain a ninth seat in Congress.

NEXT: Loser: New Orleans

Last updated April 06 2010: 7:01 AM ET
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