Special Report

US City Economies That Were Growing the Fastest Before the Pandemic

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20. Idaho Falls, ID
> GDP growth, 2001-2020: 79.12%
> Real GDP, 2020: $7.46 billion – #147 smallest
> Industry with largest growth, 2001-2020: Retail trade (204.15%)
> Largest growth industry GDP, 2020: $1.15 billion (15.36% of metro GDP)
> Unemployment rate, 2019: 3.65% – #42 lowest
> Population, 2019: 145,507 – #285 of 383 metros

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19. San Angelo, TX
> GDP growth, 2001-2020: 81.78%
> Real GDP, 2020: $7.91 billion – #153 smallest
> Industry with largest growth, 2001-2020: Utilities (1,117.97%)
> Largest growth industry GDP, 2020: $0.23 billion (2.93% of metro GDP)
> Unemployment rate, 2019: 3.74% – #48 lowest
> Population, 2019: 120,837 – #327 of 383 metros

18. Elkhart-Goshen, IN
> GDP growth, 2001-2020: 82.97%
> Real GDP, 2020: $14.26 billion – #160 largest
> Industry with largest growth, 2001-2020: Management of companies and enterprises (366.36%)
> Largest growth industry GDP, 2020: $0.67 billion (4.67% of metro GDP)
> Unemployment rate, 2019: 4.50% – #118 lowest
> Population, 2019: 204,558 – #219 of 383 metros

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17. Auburn-Opelika, AL
> GDP growth, 2001-2020: 88.20%
> Real GDP, 2020: $5.57 billion – #82 smallest
> Industry with largest growth, 2001-2020: Utilities (1,596.55%)
> Largest growth industry GDP, 2020: $0.41 billion (7.30% of metro GDP)
> Unemployment rate, 2019: 5.13% – #181 lowest
> Population, 2019: 161,152 – #261 of 383 metros

16. Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR
> GDP growth, 2001-2020: 88.60%
> Real GDP, 2020: $25.22 billion – #106 largest
> Industry with largest growth, 2001-2020: Professional and business services (190.18%)
> Largest growth industry GDP, 2020: $6.61 billion (26.19% of metro GDP)
> Unemployment rate, 2019: 3.54% – #32 lowest
> Population, 2019: 514,259 – #108 of 383 metros

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