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.
12.San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California 2007 Population: 1,803,643 2011 Population: 1,865,450 Percent Change: 3.43 GDP Compound Annual Growth: 4.37%
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