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US City Economies That Were Growing the Fastest Before the Pandemic

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5. Provo-Orem, UT
> GDP growth, 2001-2020: 149.37%
> Real GDP, 2020: $27.89 billion – #94 largest
> Industry with largest growth, 2001-2020: Utilities (1,650.96%)
> Largest growth industry GDP, 2020: $0.44 billion (1.58% of metro GDP)
> Unemployment rate, 2019: 3.61% – #39 lowest
> Population, 2019: 616,791 – #94 of 383 metros

4. Greeley, CO
> GDP growth, 2001-2020: 176.43%
> Real GDP, 2020: $20.96 billion – #120 largest
> Industry with largest growth, 2001-2020: Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (1,513.34%)
> Largest growth industry GDP, 2020: $8.21 billion (39.17% of metro GDP)
> Unemployment rate, 2019: 4.05% – #71 lowest
> Population, 2019: 305,345 – #164 of 383 metros

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3. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
> GDP growth, 2001-2020: 195.56%
> Real GDP, 2020: $342.17 billion – #12 largest
> Industry with largest growth, 2001-2020: Information (1,380.03%)
> Largest growth industry GDP, 2020: $106.71 billion (31.19% of metro GDP)
> Unemployment rate, 2019: 4.35% – #104 lowest
> Population, 2019: 1,987,846 – #35 of 383 metros

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2. The Villages, FL
> GDP growth, 2001-2020: 301.87%
> Real GDP, 2020: $3.86 billion – #27 smallest
> Industry with largest growth, 2001-2020: Administrative and support and waste management and remediation services (1,457.51%)
> Largest growth industry GDP, 2020: $0.09 billion (2.42% of metro GDP)
> Unemployment rate, 2019: 3.72% – #45 lowest
> Population, 2019: 125,044 – #319 of 383 metros

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1. Midland, TX
> GDP growth, 2001-2020: 439.39%
> Real GDP, 2020: $36.85 billion – #75 largest
> Industry with largest growth, 2001-2020: Natural resources and mining (928.11%)
> Largest growth industry GDP, 2020: $31.79 billion (86.27% of metro GDP)
> Unemployment rate, 2019: 3.30% – #20 lowest
> Population, 2019: 173,816 – #241 of 383 metros

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