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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.


ten fastest growing cities phoenix
  • Population: 1.5 million
  • New residents: 24,500
  • Percentage gain: 1.6%

Phoenix's fortunes -- both good and bad -- have been closely tied to those of the housing market over the past several years.

After the housing bust, foreclosures dominated the area for several years and unemployment jumped to more than 10%. Many of the jobs that were lost were in construction -- and people left the city to find work elsewhere.

And as the housing market recovers in Phoenix, hiring has picked up again, attracting new workers. In March, unemployment stood at 6.7%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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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