10 big, booming cities

New residents are flocking to these 10 cities, which added the largest number of residents between July 2011 and July 2012, according to Census Bureau.

San Antonio

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  • Population: 1.4 million
  • New residents: 25,400
  • Percentage gain: 1.8%

San Antonio is a blue collar town that is attracting a lot of cutting-edge companies.

Military bases, such as Fort Sam Houston and Lakeland Air Force Base, have brought many people and jobs to the area in the past. But in recent years, companies including Toyota, Medtronics and Rack Space, a cloud computing company, have also been attracting newcomers.

Those who move here from other parts of the country often find their income stretches much further in San Antonio. According to CNNMoney's cost of living calculator, it's 57% less expensive to live there than in Manhattan, 29% less than in Los Angeles and 18% cheaper than in Chicago.

The biggest savings is on housing. The median price for a single-family home in the metro area was $167,000 during the first quarter of 2013, according to the National Association of Home Builders, well below the $184,000 national median.

Source: United States Census Bureau.
Cities with the largest numeric increase from July 1, 2011 to July 1, 2012.
  @CNNMoney - Last updated May 24 2013 03:00 PM ET

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