5 of 10
BACKNEXT
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
Email | Print | Share  |  RSS
 
google my aol my msn my yahoo! netvibes
Paste this link into your favorite RSS desktop reader
See all CNNMoney.com RSS FEEDS (close)
More Galleries
Here are the 20 most ticketed cars in America The racy Subaru WRX tops the list, but some of the other ticket magnets will surprise you. More
Lamborghini to unveil 910 horsepower plug-in hybrid The Lamborghini Asterion concept car will have a V10 engine and three electric motors. More
The weapons of The Walking Dead Zombies are fiction, but the weapons on The Walking Dead are real. More

Special Offer
Market indexes are shown in real time, except for the DJIA, which is delayed by two minutes. All times are ET. Disclaimer Morningstar: © 2014 Morningstar, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Disclaimer The Dow Jones IndexesSM are proprietary to and distributed by Dow Jones & Company, Inc. and have been licensed for use. All content of the Dow Jones IndexesSM © 2014 is proprietary to Dow Jones & Company, Inc. Chicago Mercantile Association. The market data is the property of Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. and its licensors. All rights reserved. FactSet Research Systems Inc. 2014. All rights reserved. Most stock quote data provided by BATS.