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American cities where business is flourishing and wages are rising



Although wages remain stagnant for many US workers, there are several cities around the United States where revenues increase.

Personal Finance Website GOBankingRates analyzed 347 US cities with populations of 500,000 or below, looking for places experiencing a combination of economic prosperity, population growth, and rising revenues. To rank the best "boomtowns" or cities that meet these criteria, the site looked at five-year data on population, housing, GDP, and per capita income from the US Census Bureau 2017 American Community and the Bureau of Economic Analysis. [1

9659002] These places are great options for people who want to avoid infamous expensive cities, such as New York or San Francisco, because they "offer incentives, such as a less expensive lifetime or a higher paycheck – or both" GOBanking rates reports.

Below, check out 15 US growing cities where the economy is flourishing and wages are rising.

15. Santa Cruz, California

Personal income growth, 2012 to 2017: 20.5%
Population growth, 2012 to 2017: 6.1%
GDP increase, 2012 to 2017: 23.3%

14 . Durham, North Carolina

Personal income growth, 2012 to 2017: 15.8%
Population growth, 2012 to 2017: 11.9%
GDP increase, 2012 to 2017: 14.8%

13 . Charlottesville, Virginia

Personal income growth, 2012 to 2017: 17.9%
Population growth, 2012 to 2017: 7.6%
GDP increase, 2012 to 2017: 22.4%

Historic Downtown Mall, Charlottesville, Virginia.

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12. Miami, Florida

Personal income growth, 2012 to 2017: 17.7%
Population growth, 2012 to 2017: 10.2%
GDP increase, 2012 to 2017: 29.4%

11. San Luis Obispo, California

Personal income growth, 2012 to 2017: 23.9%
Population growth, 2012 to 2017: 3.7%
GDP increase, 2012 to 2017: 26.2%

10. Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Personal income growth, 2012 to 2017: 13.2%
Population growth, 2012 to 2017: 10.3%
GDP increase, 2012 to 2017: 23.5%

Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

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9. Bismarck, North Dakota

Personal income growth, 2012 to 2017: 8.1%
Population growth, 2012 to 2017: 13.9%
GDP increase, 2012 to 2017: 23.7%

8 . Raleigh, North Carolina

Personal income growth, 2012 to 2017: 15%
Population growth, 2012 to 2017: 11%
GDP increase, 2012 to 2017: 33%

7. Fayetteville, Arkansas

Personal income growth, 2012 to 2017: 23.4%
Population growth, 2012 to 2017: 10.4%
GDP increase, 2012 to 2017: 37.6%

Residents enjoy Saturday morning Farmers Market on the square in downtown Fayetteville, Arkansas.

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6. Reno, Nevada

Personal income growth, 2012 to 2017: 26.5%
Population growth, 2012 to 2017: 5.9%
GDP increase, 2012 to 2017: 36.7%

5. Santa Rosa, California

Personal income growth, 2012 to 2017: 28.6%
Population growth, 2012 to 2017: 4.2%
GDP increase, 2012 to 2017: 33.8%

4 . Boulder, Colorado

Personal income growth, 2012 to 2017: 24.3%
Population growth, 2012 to 2017: 7.2%
GDP increase, 2012 to 2017: 22.3%

Sunrise over Boulder from other Flatiron. Boulder, Colorado.

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3. Sebastian, Florida

Personal income growth, 2012 to 2017: 20.9%
Population growth, 2012 to 2017: 9.3%
GDP increase, 2012 to 2017: 23.5%

2. Santa Fe, New Mexico

Personal income growth, 2012 to 2017: 17.2%
Population growth, 2012 to 2017: 21.5%
GDP increase, 2012 to 2017: 9.5%

1. Naples, Florida

A woman smiling at the beach in Miami, Florida.

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