Special Report

US City Economies That Were Growing the Fastest Before the Pandemic

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25. Bakersfield, CA
> GDP growth, 2001-2020: 76.03%
> Real GDP, 2020: $48.67 billion – #59 largest
> Industry with largest growth, 2001-2020: Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (624.97%)
> Largest growth industry GDP, 2020: $6.30 billion (12.94% of metro GDP)
> Unemployment rate, 2019: 9.78% – #4 highest
> Population, 2019: 887,641 – #62 of 383 metros

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24. Huntsville, AL
> GDP growth, 2001-2020: 76.86%
> Real GDP, 2020: $27.02 billion – #96 largest
> Industry with largest growth, 2001-2020: Information (219.17%)
> Largest growth industry GDP, 2020: $0.71 billion (2.64% of metro GDP)
> Unemployment rate, 2019: 5.21% – #189 lowest
> Population, 2019: 457,003 – #118 of 383 metros

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23. Boise City, ID
> GDP growth, 2001-2020: 77.52%
> Real GDP, 2020: $32.86 billion – #84 largest
> Industry with largest growth, 2001-2020: Manufacturing (150.78%)
> Largest growth industry GDP, 2020: $4.19 billion (12.74% of metro GDP)
> Unemployment rate, 2019: 4.35% – #103 lowest
> Population, 2019: 710,743 – #80 of 383 metros

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22. Fort Collins, CO
> GDP growth, 2001-2020: 78.18%
> Real GDP, 2020: $18.62 billion – #130 largest
> Industry with largest growth, 2001-2020: Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (2,479.61%)
> Largest growth industry GDP, 2020: $0.11 billion (0.61% of metro GDP)
> Unemployment rate, 2019: 4.65% – #130 lowest
> Population, 2019: 344,786 – #151 of 383 metros

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21. Charleston-North Charleston, SC
> GDP growth, 2001-2020: 78.49%
> Real GDP, 2020: $38.83 billion – #70 largest
> Industry with largest growth, 2001-2020: Information (424.42%)
> Largest growth industry GDP, 2020: $1.71 billion (4.39% of metro GDP)
> Unemployment rate, 2019: 4.12% – #76 lowest
> Population, 2019: 774,508 – #74 of 383 metros

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