Dallas, Seattle, And Grand Rapids Are Among Fastest Growing U.S. Cities Since 2009

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Only nine cities performed better than national averages, according to the annual Metro Monitor report

September 28, 2016

Grand Rapids, Mich. Photo: Steven Depolo/Creative Commons

Though Dallas has roughly the same median wage and employment rate today as it did in 2009, a post-recession energy boom led to prosperity for the Texas city.

Business Insider analyzed the Brookings Institution’s annual Metro Monitor report and found the cities that have grown the fastest since 2009. According to the report, only nine of the 100 largest cities in the U.S. have performed above national averages.

The report was based on economic prosperity, equality, employment, and income poverty rates, primarily from 2009 to 2014. The list contained giants like San Jose and Houston, along with Grand Rapids, Mich.

Grand Rapids boasts a large manufacturing sector, which drove job and wage growth from 2009 to 2014, according to the report. The city's employment rate also increased 5.5%.

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