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5 Out of 25 High-Growth U.S. Metros in Fla.

Checkr – an employee background-check firm – analyzed data to pinpoint the growth metros that would be attractive to employer relocations and job-seeking movers.

ORLANDO, Fla. – Boomtowns, in short, are U.S. cities and metro areas attracting the most people – new business as well as movers looking for better jobs – that other areas of the country. Boomtowns often have rapidly expanding infrastructure – housing and services – to  accommodate a growing population.

To pinpoint the current boomtowns, Checkr – an employee background-check firm – analyzed a roster of data, including some from the U.S. Census Bureau and Bureau of Economic Analysis. Factors considered:

  • Population growth
  • GDP growth
  • Unemployment rate
  • Workforce growth
  • Poverty rate
  • Housing unit growth
  • Real personal income growth
  • Change in median age
  • Change in the total number of businesses
  • Percentage of high-earning residents (making more than $100,000)

Once completed, it created a list of the top 25 and top 100 U.S. boomtowns, and of those 25, five are in Florida.

Of the top 100, 17 are in Florida – and the lowest Florida city on the list is only No. 69, Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent.

Of Checkr’s top 25 “not-so-much boomtowns,” none are in Florida.

Top 25 U.S. “boomtowns”

  1. Provo, Utah
  2. Boise City, Idaho
  3. Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
  4. Bend, Oregon
  5. St. George, Utah
  6. Destin, Florida
  7. Austin, Texas
  8. Logan, Utah
  9. Ogden, Utah
  10. Reno, Nevada
  11. Bradenton, Florida
  12. Fort Collins, Colorado
  13. Idaho Falls, Idaho
  14. Charlotte, N. Carolina
  15. Palm Bay, Florida
  16. Huntsville, Alabama
  17. Jacksonville, Florida
  18. Daphne, Alabama
  19. Salt Lake City, Utah
  20. Raleigh, N. Carolina
  21. Phoenix, Arizona
  22. Nashville, Tennessee
  23. Olympia, Washington
  24. The Villages, Florida
  25. Seattle, Washington

Other Florida metros on the boomtowns top-100 list

27. Punta Gorda
28. Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater
29. Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford
30. Lakeland-Winter Haven
31. Ocala
36. Gainesville
39. Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach
43. Cape Coral-Fort Myers
53. Naples-Marco Island
58. Port St. Lucie
61. Sebastian-Vero Beach
69. Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent

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