Cities with the Best Chances to Prosper Over the Next 10 Years

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Texas leads the way with four booming cities.

January 15, 2016

Downtown Austin, Texas. Photo: Earl McGehee/Creative Commons.

The next decade will be a bright one for Texas. 

Judging by factors like birth rate, domestic migration, college graduation rates, and income growth, Forbes ranked all the major metros in the state — Austin, Houston, Dallas-Ft. Worth and San Antonio — as four of the ten most vital markets.

Austin is the No. 1 city. It experienced a population growth of 13.2 percent from 2010 to 2014, and 43.7 percent of the population is college educated. While Houston has also seen growth, the energy-heavy city might experience economic consequences if oil prices continue to fall.

Other emerging cities include Salt Lake City, Denver, San Jose, and San Francisco.

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