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1. Houston, Texas MSA: Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 2014 Population growth rate: 1.81% 2015 (Projected) pop. growth rate: 1.74% Job growth rate: 4.5% Unemployment: 4.8% 2014 Gross Metro Product Growth: 3.52% Median pay: $71,900 2. Austin, Texas MSA: Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX 2014 Population growth rate: 2.52% 2015 (Projected) pop. growth rate: 2.51% Job growth rate: 3.14% Unemployment: 4.13% 2014 Gross Metro Product Growth: 4.95% Median pay: $63,500 3. Dallas, Texas MSAD: Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX 2014 Population growth rate: 1.98% 2015 (Projected) pop. growth rate: 2.04% Job growth rate: 4.1% Unemployment: 4.91% 2014 Gross Metro Product Growth: 2.46% Median pay: $67,500 4. Raleigh, N.C. MSA: Raleigh-Cary, NC 2014 Population growth rate: 1.86% 2015 (Projected) pop. growth rate: 2.02% Job growth rate: 3.54% Unemployment: 4.83% 2014 Gross Metro Product Growth: 3.43% Median pay: $64,700 5. Seattle, Wash. MSAD: Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA 2014 Population growth rate: 1.3% 2015 (Projected) pop. growth rate: 1.3% Job growth rate: 3.56% Unemployment: 4.7% 2014 Gross Metro Product Growth: 3.35% Median pay: $72,000 Beautiful Sunny Morning in Seattle With Mt Rainier 6. Denver, Colo. MSA: Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 2014 Population growth rate: 1.74% 2015 (Projected) pop. growth rate: 1.43% Job growth rate: 2.66% Unemployment: 4% 2014 Gross Metro Product Growth: 2.52% Median pay: $64,300 7. San Francisco, Calif. MSAD: San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA 2014 Population growth rate: 0.93% 2015 (Projected) pop. growth rate: 0.95% Job growth rate: 3.52% Unemployment: 4.16% 2014 Gross Metro Product Growth: 3.72% Median pay: $81,700 8. Fort Worth, Texas MSAD: Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 2014 Population growth rate: 2.03% 2015 (Projected) pop. growth rate: 2.1% Job growth rate: 2.64% Unemployment: 4.95% 2014 Gross Metro Product Growth: 3.4% Median pay: $60,900 9. Charlotte, N.C. MSA: Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, NC-SC 2014 Population growth rate: 1.93% 2015 (Projected) pop. growth rate: 1.98% Job growth rate: 3.1% Unemployment: 5.84% 2014 Gross Metro Product Growth: 2.95% Median pay: $61,500 10. San Antonio, Texas MSA: San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 2014 Population growth rate: 1.89% 2015 (Projected) pop. growth rate: 1.93% Job growth rate: 3.06% Unemployment: 4.56% 2014 Gross Metro Product Growth: 1.74% Median pay: $58,300 11. Phoenix, Ariz. MSA: Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 2014 Population growth rate: 1.54% 2015 (Projected) pop. growth rate: 2.13% Job growth rate: 2.9% Unemployment: 5.85% 2014 Gross Metro Product Growth: 2.19% Median pay: $63,700 12. Salt Lake City, Utah MSA: Salt Lake City, UT 2014 Population growth rate: 1.18% 2015 (Projected) pop. growth rate: 1.24% Job growth rate: 2.74% Unemployment: 3.38% 2014 Gross Metro Product Growth: 1.44% Median pay: $61,800 13. Orlando, Fla. MSA: Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 2014 Population growth rate: 2.06% 2015 (Projected) pop. growth rate: 2.33% Job growth rate: 4.46% Unemployment: 5.45% 2014 Gross Metro Product Growth: 1.75% Median pay: $55,400 14. Cambridge, Mass. MSAD: Cambridge-Newton-Framingham, MA 2014 Population growth rate: 1.04% 2015 (Projected) pop. growth rate: 1.11% Job growth rate: 2.15% Unemployment: 4.74% 2014 Gross Metro Product Growth: 1.88% Median pay: $70,300 15. Oklahoma City, Okla. MSA: Oklahoma City, OK 2014 Population growth rate: 1.2% 2015 (Projected) pop. growth rate: 1.21% Job growth rate: 3.04% Unemployment: 4.12% 2014 Gross Metro Product Growth: 3.4% Median pay: $52,800 16. San Diego, Calif. MSA: San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 2014 Population growth rate: 1.11% 2015 (Projected) pop. growth rate: 1.17% Job growth rate: 3.3% Unemployment: 5.78% 2014 Gross Metro Product Growth: 1.83% Median pay: $67,500 17. San Jose, Calif. MSA: San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 2014 Population growth rate: 0.52% 2015 (Projected) pop. growth rate: 0.53% Job growth rate: 3.83% Unemployment: 5.17% 2014 Gross Metro Product Growth: 3.63% Median pay: $100,000 18. Las Vegas, Nev. MSA: Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 2014 Population growth rate: 1.65% 2015 (Projected) pop. growth rate: 2.07% Job growth rate: 2.61% Unemployment: 7.03% 2014 Gross Metro Product Growth: 2.66% Median pay: $61,100 19. West Palm Beach, Fla. MSAD: West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Boynton Beach, FL 2014 Population growth rate: 1.49% 2015 (Projected) pop. growth rate: 2.1% Job growth rate: 2.62% Unemployment: 5.5% 2014 Gross Metro Product Growth: 1.63% Median pay: $58,800 20. Nashville, Tenn. MSA: Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 2014 Population growth rate: 1.28% 2015 (Projected) pop. growth rate: 1.43% Job growth rate: 2.76% Unemployment: 5.41% 2014 Gross Metro Product Growth: 2.34% Median pay: $56,400
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