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The Fastest Growing Cities In America Are In North Carolina and Other Southern States

Updated on August 24, 2012
Downtown Charlotte NC.
Downtown Charlotte NC. | Source

Top 10 Fastest Growing Cities in the USA:

The Research Triangle of the US has grown and developed to such an extent that during the five years 2007 - 2012, its home state, North Carolina, supports the nation's Top Two out of ten fastest growing cities. These are Charlotte and Raleigh.

Raleigh is located within the 13 counties of the Research Triangle and further, the innermost three counties of this region. Parts of Raleigh NC were linked to one of the ten worst places in the US to find a job or start a business back in 2007, but the economic landscape changed overwhelmingly for the better in North Carolina and especially in the Research Triangle.

To the west of the Triangle is a second quickly developing area called The Triad, with anchor cities Greensboro, Winston-Salem, and High Point.

To the southwest of The Triad is the state's largest city, Charlotte. As the nation's fastest growing city in 2012, it is located outside both Triangle and Triad. North Carolina enjoys several economically growing centers in the 2010s in addition to the Triad and Triangle and related job availability is shown further below

A number of industries are expanding in NC, but tourism receives a boost for the 2012 film The Hunger Games, filmed on location in North Carolina. Two sequels planned in order to follow the books of the series written by Suzanne Collins are expected to stimulate Travel and Tourism to a higher level in 2013 and 2014.

Triangle Anchor Cities In Relation To Charlotte

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Locations of Fastest Growing Cities, by Region


The CNN Money Top 10 Listing Of Fast Growing Cities

Fastest growing cities often change ranking from year to year, but in 2012 no northern or northeastern state made the list at all:

  1. Charlotte NC
  2. Raleigh NC
  3. Cape Coral FL - Job openings increased from June 1, 2012 throughout the summer, continuing to increase at the end of August 2012. Highest demand job titles out of 6,500+ openings were Truck Driver, Sales Associate, Occupational Therapist, Engineer (all fields), Physical Therapist, and Physician.
  4. Provo, Utah
  5. Austin TX -- TEXAS makes its own region with three cities listed: Austin, McAllen, and San Antonio. Texas continued to prosper overall, even through the Recession of 2008 - 2010.
  6. Las Vegas, Nevada - Las Vegas and Paradise.
  7. McAllen TX
  8. Knoxville TN - I remember Knoxville in 1982 during the World's Fair of that year and today's Knoxville is incredibly different after 30 years. The overall development and improvements are good to see. The world's Fair of 1982 was not a success and the controversies arising from it and its management spurred the city leadership to begin better improvement programs going forward.
  9. Greenville SC -- America's Number One Micro-City.
  10. San Antonio TX

Comparison: Where Are the Most Job Openings in NC?

At the end of August 2012, over 142,980 job opening were advertised for North Carolina across all Internet options. The cities containing the most jobs include many within the triangle and Triad, along with others:

  1. Charlotte - Number One Growth City and largest city in the state. Charlotte is also a "Smart City."
  2. Raleigh - Number Two Growth City, Anchor of the Research Triangle and another "Smart City."
  3. Greensboro - Triad anchor city. Home to Vicks VapoRub and the International Civil Rights Center and Museum.
  4. Durham - Triangle anchor city. This is an anchor city in the Research Triangle. This city is known for tobacco and mustard as well as Duke Energy and Duke University - and Civil Rights Demonstrations.
  5. Winston-Salem - Triad anchor city. This city is one of the 2008 Dozen Distinctive Destinations recognized by the National Trust, along with Wilmington, below.
  6. Fayetteville - An award-winning city in different categories, this city is home to Fort Bragg and the US Army. The Downtown Are was revitalized in the 2000s, with good results in adding new businesses as well as new tourists.
  7. Asheville - Modern Maturity and AARP Magazine recommend this city to Seniors for ts liveliness. Rolling Stone even likes it. Forbes and Frommer's report that it is great for living, work, and business.
  8. Cary - Triangle city.
  9. Wilmington - Important port city in the south of the state, Wilmington was named by The National Trust for Historic Preservation among its Dozen Distinctive Destinations for 2008. Travel and Tourism play a big part in its economy, but so does shipping and transport..
  10. Greenville - Health and Education center of the US Tidewater Region, with many entertainment venues as well.
  11. Chapel Hill - Triangle anchor city.

What Are These Highest Demand Jobs?

In 2011 and 2012, job listings peaked significantly in December 2011 and July 2012. This is likely because of two major tourist seasons yearly.

  1. Occupational Therapists
  2. Physical Therapists
  3. Trucking: Company Drivers
  4. Engineers - Various fields.
  5. Registered Nurses - RN License and above
  6. Trucking: Owner Operators
  7. Assistant Managers
  8. Physicians - Several specialties, plus Family Practice. Highest-paid jobs advertized in the state.
  9. Pharmacy Technicians
  10. Shift Supervisors - various businesses
  11. Pizza Hut Jobs - All positions
  12. Retail Managers

Austin, Texas  Skyline at Lady Bird Lake
Austin, Texas Skyline at Lady Bird Lake | Source

Comparison: Where Are the Most Job Openings in TEXAS?

During this time period, the State of Texas had over 367,100 job vacancies posted on Internet resources alone. This is over twice the number of job openings offered in North Carolina. Texas also has three cities on the Top 10 List, while NC has two.

Texas cities with the most open jobs are:

  1. Dallas - over 94,000 jobs
  2. Houston - over 79,000 jobs.
  3. Fort Worth - 45,500 jobs.
  4. San Antonio - over 29,000 jobs; one of the Top 10 Fast Growing Cities.
  5. Austin - 29,000 jobs; also a Top 10 Fast Growing City.
  • McAllen TX - Far down the list of "most Jobs", McAllen offered approximately 3,500 openings, but is a Fastest Growing City.

The highest demand jobs in Texas include:

  1. Truck Drivers - nearly 84,000 jobs.
  2. Engineers - Various fields.
  3. Sales Representatives
  4. Physical Therapists
  5. Occupational Therapists
  6. Cashiers
  7. Project Managers
  8. Warehouse jobs
  9. Fast Food Jobs - Includes management and delivery positions.
  10. Physicians


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