Bloomberg Rankings sorted through U.S. Census data for metropolitan areas to rank those with the greatest population growth, then scored areas on growth in gross domestic product, adjusted for inflation. They combined the two scores and winnowed the list to regions with more than 1 million residents to find the top 12 American boomtowns.
3. San Jose, Calif.
7. Dallas (Score: 88.82)
10. Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord, North Carolina 2007 Population: 1,651,568 2011 Population: 1,795,472 Percent Change: 8.71 GDP Compound Annual Growth: 0.14%
9. Portland-Beaverton Oregon, Vancouver Washington
A photographer and former extreme water sports junkie, once strangers have now become friends and teammates. Both share the love for the Central Coast, and they are using that passion to help raise money for a good cause.