Special Report

The Fastest Growing City in Each State

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1. Daphne-Fairhope-Foley, Alabama
> Population (2016): 208,563
> Population chg. (2011-2016): +11.7% (AL: +1.3%)
> Jobs added (2011-2016): 9,800 (+14.9%)
> Unemployment: 5.1% (AL: 6.2%)
> Largest driver of growth: Domestic migration

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2. Anchorage, Alaska
> Population (2016): 402,557
> Population chg. (2011-2016): +3.7% (AK: +2.7%)
> Jobs added (2011-2016): 2,900 (+1.6%)
> Unemployment: 6.0% (AK: 6.4%)
> Largest driver of growth: Natural change

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3. Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, Arizona
> Population (2016): 4,661,537
> Population chg. (2011-2016): +9.7% (AZ: +7.2%)
> Jobs added (2011-2016): 260,900 (+15.7%)
> Unemployment: 4.6% (AZ: 5.1%)
> Largest driver of growth: Domestic migration

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4. Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, Arkansas
> Population (2016): 525,032
> Population chg. (2011-2016): +10.5% (AR: +1.7%)
> Jobs added (2011-2016): 40,100 (+19.9%)
> Unemployment: 2.7% (AR: 3.7%)
> Largest driver of growth: Domestic migration

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5. San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, California
> Population (2016): 4,679,166
> Population chg. (2011-2016): +6.4% (CA: +4.2%)
> Jobs added (2011-2016): 382,900 (+19.5%)
> Unemployment: 3.5% (CA: 5.0%)
> Largest driver of growth: International migration