Special Report

US City Economies That Were Growing the Fastest Before the Pandemic

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15. Madera, CA
> GDP growth, 2001-2020: 89.33%
> Real GDP, 2020: $6.24 billion – #110 smallest
> Industry with largest growth, 2001-2020: Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (999.90%)
> Largest growth industry GDP, 2020: $2.24 billion (35.94% of metro GDP)
> Unemployment rate, 2019: 8.69% – #14 highest
> Population, 2019: 155,433 – #265 of 383 metros

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14. Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
> GDP growth, 2001-2020: 91.22%
> Real GDP, 2020: $378.15 billion – #10 largest
> Industry with largest growth, 2001-2020: Information (408.74%)
> Largest growth industry GDP, 2020: $101.99 billion (26.97% of metro GDP)
> Unemployment rate, 2019: 4.35% – #105 lowest
> Population, 2019: 3,871,323 – #15 of 383 metros

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13. Logan, UT-ID
> GDP growth, 2001-2020: 93.21%
> Real GDP, 2020: $5.69 billion – #92 smallest
> Industry with largest growth, 2001-2020: Wholesale trade (285.14%)
> Largest growth industry GDP, 2020: $0.22 billion (3.93% of metro GDP)
> Unemployment rate, 2019: 2.49% – #2 lowest
> Population, 2019: 137,629 – #298 of 383 metros

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12. Odessa, TX
> GDP growth, 2001-2020: 97.73%
> Real GDP, 2020: $11.19 billion – #191 largest
> Industry with largest growth, 2001-2020: Utilities (382.98%)
> Largest growth industry GDP, 2020: $0.40 billion (3.58% of metro GDP)
> Unemployment rate, 2019: 6.07% – #98 highest
> Population, 2019: 160,579 – #262 of 383 metros

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11. Bend, OR
> GDP growth, 2001-2020: 98.83%
> Real GDP, 2020: $9.13 billion – #168 smallest
> Industry with largest growth, 2001-2020: Nondurable goods manufacturing (317.55%)
> Largest growth industry GDP, 2020: $0.21 billion (2.31% of metro GDP)
> Unemployment rate, 2019: 5.39% – #174 highest
> Population, 2019: 186,251 – #228 of 383 metros

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