Special Report

The Fastest Growing City in Each State

Steven Peters

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16. Lawrence, Kansas
> Population (2016): 119,440
> Population chg. (2011-2016): +6.2% (KS: +1.3%)
> Jobs added (2011-2016): 2,600 (+5.5%)
> Unemployment: 3.3% (KS: 4.0%)
> Largest driver of growth: International migration

17. Bowling Green, Kentucky
> Population (2016): 171,122
> Population chg. (2011-2016): +6.4% (KY: +1.5%)
> Jobs added (2011-2016): 7,400 (+11.2%)
> Unemployment: 4.1% (KY: 4.9%)
> Largest driver of growth: Domestic migration

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18. Hammond, Louisiana
> Population (2016): 130,710
> Population chg. (2011-2016): +6.6% (LA: +2.3%)
> Jobs added (2011-2016): 1,600 (+3.8%)
> Unemployment: 6.3% (LA: 5.8%)
> Largest driver of growth: Domestic migration

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19. Portland-South Portland, Maine
> Population (2016): 529,657
> Population chg. (2011-2016): +2.6% (ME: +0.2%)
> Jobs added (2011-2016): 12,100 (+6.2%)
> Unemployment: 2.5% (ME: 3.2%)
> Largest driver of growth: Domestic migration

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20. Salisbury, Maryland
> Population (2016): 400,200
> Population chg. (2011-2016): +5.8% (MD: +3.0%)
> Jobs added (2011-2016): 13,800 (+8.9%)
> Unemployment: 5.8% (MD: 4.2%)
> Largest driver of growth: Domestic migration