When it comes to the fastest growing cities in the US, it seems that some are the result of people being more conscientious of their finances, and others want to improve their quality of life.
While states like Texas and California have found themselves to be in the midst of a continuous population boom, New York has recently fallen out of the 3rd spot to Florida where the migration from north to south is likely a combination of both reasons. Florida has no state income tax and while it can be susceptible to hurricanes, the likes of Super Storm Sandy in 2012 showed that it is not alone.
Below are five of America's fastest growing city provided by Unicorn Moving, a moving and storage company in Austin, Texas.
New Orleans, LA
When people want great food, a good time, and a nice place to raise their family, New Orleans is a surprising choice for some. After all, it is home to Mardi Gras, right?
While the antics on Bourbon Street get much of the attention, Mardi Gras is actually celebrated in every town in the state of Louisiana, and children even get the day off from school.
The combination of culture and climate was the reason political power couple, James Carville and Mary Matalin, chose to raise their daughters there.
Charlotte is one of those small cities that allows one to live a suburban life while still having access to a fast pace. With great weather and a combination of people from many different places, it's no surprise that people prefer it to smaller southern towns where a family's history can sometimes hold more weight than recent accomplishments.
One former resident of Charlotte is Dr. Robert Pascale, author of The Retirement Maze, who relocated his corporation, Marketing Analysts, Inc., there in the mid-nineties. "I loved it," he says. "It was a great place to raise my children and grow my business."
Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth is growing for many reasons. Being close to two major airports, it's a booming city with great real estate prices. Additionally, Texas has no state income tax, mild winters, and Fort Worth, specifically, has uneventful weather save for summer heat.
For those looking to take a nice daytrip into the country, it's only a few hours from Canton and Myrtle Springs, the latter of which was prominently featured in the most recent release of the Celebrity Team 6 series.
Take everything in Fort Worth and remove about 20 years off of the residents' age while modernizing the city, and you have an amazing capital that is also a great college town.
Additionally, Austin has almost no bugs because it is home to the famous Bat Bridge. For daytrips, families can head out to the Hill Country for some R&R, and just passed that is San Antonio.
For those who love an active lifestyle, Irvine is a great choice, and many people are choosing it, it seems, given the 4% population increase from 2012 to 2013. With 44 miles of bike trails and 20,000 acres of parks, it is truly a people-centered city.
Median home prices are north of $500,000, which is unattractive, but the area's job growth rate over the last decade is about 40%, making it very attractive, especially since many of those jobs are very lucrative.
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