Clients in the News: The Next Big Boom Towns

July 8, 2011 by Emsi Burning Glass

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We’re always happy to pass along neat work from our clients, and this certainly falls under that category: Joel Kotkin of Forbes and Mark Schill of Praxis Strategy Group looked at the 52 largest metro areas in the U.S. and determined the next big boom towns. The ranking was based on job growth and a set of demographic factors.

Can you guess which city is at the top of the list? OK, it’s not exactly shocking to see Austin at No. 1. San Antonio, Houston, and Dallas are in the top 10 too, giving Texas easily the most top metros of any state.

But the Southeast also makes a strong showing with Raleigh and Nashville right behind Austin.

The full list is below. Also see our recent post on the state of jobs in America’s 100 largest cities — the results are pretty similar.

RankMetropolitan Area1Austin, TX2Raleigh, NC3Nashville, TN4San Antonio, TX5Houston, TX6Washington, DC-VA-MD-WV7Dallas-Fort Worth, TX8Charlotte, NC-SC8Phoenix, AZ10Orlando, FL11Indianapolis, IN12Salt Lake City, UT13Columbus, OH14Jacksonville, FL15Atlanta, GA16Las Vegas, NV16Riverside, CA18Portland, OR-WA19Denver, CO20Oklahoma City, OK21Baltimore, MD22Louisville, KY-IN22Richmond, VA24Seattle, WA25Kansas City, MO-KS26San Diego, CA27Miami, FL28Tampa, FL29Sacramento, CA30Birmingham, AL31New Orleans, LA32Philadelphia, PA-NJ-DE-MD33Minneapolis, MN-WI34St. Louis, MO-IL35Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN35New York, NY-NJ-PA37Boston, MA-NH38Memphis, TN-MS-AR39Pittsburgh, PA40Virginia Beach, VA-NC41Rochester, NY42Buffalo, NY42San Francisco, CA44Hartford, CT45Milwaukee, WI45San Jose, CA47Chicago, IL-IN-WI47Los Angeles, CA49Providence, RI-MA50Detroit, MI51Cleveland, OH