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The Fastest-Growing U.S. Cities Aren’t What You Think

Looking at the population and job growth of large cities proper, rather than their metro areas, uncovers some surprises.
Miami, the large U.S. city that's the fastest-growing in terms of employment.
Miami, the large U.S. city that's the fastest-growing in terms of employment.Carlo Allegri/Reuters

This is the first post in a four-part series on the economic performance of America’s cities. Today, we cover population and job growth.

When it comes to the economic status of cities, there is no shortage of conflicting messages—and conflicting facts. On the one hand, we hear about the dominance of superstar cities and tech hubs in the  competition for talented workers, high-end knowledge jobs, and high-tech startups. On the other hand, Sunbelt cities continue to lead in the growth of population and jobs in general.