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.

Orlando, Fla.

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  • Population: 2.3 million
  • % gain : 2%
  • New residents: 44,390

Mickey Mouse is making a comeback.

Orlando attracted 57 million visitors last year, up from 43 million in 2009.

Yet while nearly one-third of the area's jobs are tied to the tourism industry, other industries are expanding here too, namely tech.

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The city is a leader in the growing field of modeling and simulation. It's also a major industrial site with Lockheed Martin (LMT), General Dynamics (GD) and Siemens (SI) all running production lines there.

And with median home prices of around $155,000, nearly every working family can afford to buy a home.

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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