10 fastest growing cities

Whether it's an oil boom or an influx of tech jobs, the populations of these 10 cities grew faster than in any other major metro area between July 2012 and July 2013, according to data from the Census Bureau.

Houston

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  • Population: 6.3 million
  • % gain : 2.2%
  • New residents: 137,782

Oil and gas have long kept Houston humming. But these days -- with oil prices hovering around $100 a barrel -- the city is booming.

"The recent oil surge going on in Texas is generating major job gains," said Ray Perryman, a regional economist and founder of The Perryman Group.

Related: Cost of living: How far will my salary go in another city?

But it's not just the energy sector that's hiring. A major port city, Houston is also home to several manufacturing, transportation, aerospace and medical research companies as well.

Newcomers will find homes affordable, too: The median home price in Houston is about $195,000, about $10,000 less than the national median.

Source: Based on U.S. Census Bureau population data for July 1, 2012 through July 1, 2013. Rankings are based on largest percentage population growth in metro areas with a population of one million or more.
- Last updated March 27 2014 12:25 AM ET
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