Photos: Ten fastest-growing U.S. cities, and where Denver lands

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If Denver has seemed a little more crowded over the past year or so, there's a reason.

Forbes has just released its list of America's fastest growing cities, and Denver made the top ten.

It's your call whether that qualifies as good news or not.

Where did the Mile High City land? Count down the roster below, complete with photos and Forbes data.

Number 10: Houston, Texas

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MSA: Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, Texas Median Pay: $72,100
2013 Population Growth Rate: 1.82%
Unemployment Rate: 5.75%

Number 9: Orlando, Florida

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MSA: Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, Fla.Median Pay: $55,700
2013 Population Growth Rate: 1.82%
Unemployment Rate: 5.76%

Continue to keep counting down the ten fastest-growing U.S. cities.


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Jeff Yates
Jeff Yates

A lot more people are coming.Traffic will be out of this world.10 to 15% growth in the next 5 years.Wow price of living in Denver will be more than NY.

Robert Smith
Robert Smith

It just means things will get more crowded, cost more and cause more traffic; that's what "living it to death" means. Its The price to pay for living in The Promised Land.

Andy Peters
Andy Peters

Sterling, you make good points, but it's perhaps more important to note that there's a limit to how thoroughly you can treat a topic in a Facebook comment. Here, among other things, we'd want to parse out the distinction between economic and population growth, the legal vs structural limits on density/verticality in addition to discussing how we'd weigh the interests of current vs prospective residents. That'd be a productive discussion, I think, given that every city wrestles with these issues, but Facebook's probably not the place for it.

Jame Koopman
Jame Koopman

BTW, I've been to both ends of this earth and it doesn't make me better than anyone else. You can spend your whole life reading books and going to school and that doesn't teach you anything that's practical in life. For as smart as you are, you are an idiot. You call me a failure because of what? I don't have a six figure income or talk like you write? Nobody talks like that. You are the failure. You prove your failure as a human being by the way you reply to others as if you are above them. It must get tiresome patting yourself on the back. But then you probably have a dog to keep you company. Someone of equal intelligence. DWEEB, DWEEB, DWEEB.......

Jame Koopman
Jame Koopman

I'm glad you answered back. You are Sheldon Cooper and he thinks the rest of the world are DWEEBS. You won't show up at Pitcher's because you are a pussy. Show some guts so middle America can knock you the fuck out. I'd use you as my outhouse. But then you hide behind your fake pen name on friendless facebook page. At least I'm real. IRREFUTABLE, SCHOLARLY evidence. Your just a sucker.

Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

"Most people are making less money in comparison to the past." My argument was strictly about fuel costs as a burden upon (percentage of) household income; it was NOT to compare overall household incomes of today to previous eras. THAT is a completely separate discussion, a tangent I care not to slide down at this time, Jame. Also, keep in mind that today's vehicles (meaning 2000 or younger) are significantly more fuel efficient than comparable models of the 1970s. Learn to follow along. " Someday you'll either be old enough to actually live in the real world" You ignorant motherfucker, I have traveled frequently across the real world and am certainly FAR more cultured than some tin-foil hat wearing, rambling inbred hick from middle America like yourself. Don't be bitter because I rely on IRREFUTABLE, SCHOLARLY evidence rather than be swayed by highly suspect (and therefore, woefully unreliable) personal anecdotes that may otherwise dupe the vast majority of social media DWEEBS (with a bit of conspiracy mongering added in for good measure). "but it is only for revenue generating alternatives." Wholly Friggin Jebus, in ANY capitalist society, nearly EVERYTHING is for profit motive. Do you honestly expect that governments or even privately run companies act as total non-profits even in the face of rising populations and/or increased demands for services? "You must be using some fantasy calculator on mean income. " And this is why I do not take Internet DWEEBS like you seriously, Jame. Mean is NOT the same as Median. Clearly, you're one of those aging losers who "graduated" from the mythical School of Hard Knocks/University of Life because you were too busy being one of the "cool kids" and fell asleep during remedial math and, therefore, became the miserable failure that you are today.

Dominic Fante
Dominic Fante

jeff is right, traffic in la, chicago, atlanta, etc is SOOO much worse than here.

Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

"The alternative to growth isn't utopia. It's stagnation and blight. " False dichotomy. A particular geographical region can only grow so much and eventually, both in physical and economic terms, it will reach its limit/carrying capacity. The obvious examples are SF and NYC. Clearly, they cannot grow (other than vertically) beyond their political boundaries. Also, the immense gains in personal wealth by the privileged class has actually hurt the rest of the population courtesy of huge increases in prices for consumer goods, basic services, and housing. So, in reality, the alternative to the libertarian obsession with "infinite growth" policies isn't necessarily stagnation: it's adequate MANAGEMENT of current resources. The reasons for the decline of the Rust Belt have nothing to do with "lack of growth." (Even today, the city of Detroit has a greater population density than Denver.) It was a slew of other factors, including and not limited to a major shift in the political winds, the decimation of American industry, and the inability of these areas to adapt to said changes.

David Schempf
David Schempf

I been here since birth 1953 and its sad on what this state and city has become .I said we needed mass transit back in 65,i was in school wrote a letter to the governor back then saying so,he wrote back saying Denver will stay a cow town and the state wont need mass transit I was 12 then.

Ari Paige
Ari Paige

If you dont like this beautiful state and the amazing hard working souls that make our community shine, then leave. Its as simple as that

Charles Cusumano
Charles Cusumano

This started in the early 80's. Remember the proliferation of the green bumper stickers that were all the rage? My favorite was "Welcome to Colorado, now get the fuck out". We left after 10 years. Answer your question?

Lindy Monroe
Lindy Monroe

Wow sterling Meeks you sure have a lot to say and your not a native. I am and I wish you would all go away. You can't drive in snow or even rain without white knuckles. It's annoying as piss. Wanna live here fine. Learn to drive in crappy weather, and loose the attitude that you deserve more because your "special". And not from here.

Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

Who do you think those cookie-cutter apartment and condo blocks appeal to most? None other than DWEEBY yuppie-hipster-douche hybrids born and reared in pearly white cookie-cutter suburbia of the Midwest, Southern California, and the East Coast. When they venture away from the hip, trendy areas, they see "scary black folk" and "darned illegals." Of course, such a sentiment isn't exclusive to transplants. (See Jame Kaveman above).

Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

"So just fire up a big fatty while you wait in traffic with gas at $6-10 a gallon." My, what short memories we have! Long queues at the gas station were actually the norm for many locales across the Yew-Knighted States of Murkah during the 70s. Adjusted for inflation, the cost of a gallon of gas in 1979 was around $2.90 in today's money. Now, you may say that's still lower than the current average of $3.41. Sure, but there are clearly no gasoline shortages today, and the insanely long lines of the late 70s don't occur today (save for the immediate aftermath of a natural disaster), and gas expenses today are actually LOWER as a percent of mean household income than they were in the late 70s/early 80s despite greater consumption and longer commutes. By the way, if you aren't aware already, people elsewhere in the industrialized world are already used to living with $6+ per gallon petrol (or $1.58+ per litre for metric fanbois) and clearly, their societal and governmental institutions have not collapsed as a result. So, no, I politely decline your invite since I care not to fraternize with drunken loons whilst being subjected to pointless invective from miserable old feebs who ridiculously idolize the past by willfully omitting inconvenient truths about that particular era. [Full disclosure: I'm not really from Texas. LuLz.]

Linda Rains
Linda Rains

Good luck to those heading there. Denver doesn't have the job market to support a population boom.

Eric Yetzer
Eric Yetzer

Just hope they stay the hell away from the mountains! Too crowded up here already.

Ellen Kessler
Ellen Kessler

Very annoyed. But I have to keep my mouth shut since I'm a transplant too.

Jame Koopman
Jame Koopman

Sterling, I host a show every Saturday night at Pitcher's Sports Bar on Chambers Rd. & Mexico at 9pm. Please bring your big Texas talk down anytime you want to. I hope you are a really big Texan too. They make a really big sound when they hit the ground.

Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

You forgot to factor in the "Breaking Bad" premium. Besides, your house is only 150K because it is 150 times more likely to get robbed. LuLz.

Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

As DWEEBY as Denver may be due to the influx of annoyingly "friendly" Midwesterners and uptight, self-aggrandizing Coasters, I'd much rather deal with them 100X as opposed to the epic douchemongering L.A. transplants ("quasi-SoCal lifestyle at bargain bin prices") and blatantly racist scumbag snowbirds that populate the Valley of the Sun.

Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

Not too shabby, actually, though nothing particularly interesting there.

Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

The Springs malaise can be attributed partly to the libertarian orthodoxy prevalent amongst the political rank and file there.

Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

"What was your home is now MY personal playground." Signed, Affluent Texan.

Pete Copeland
Pete Copeland

I dunno if anyone noticed but the human race is expanding without any check. No predators but other humans, disease, and old age. We all need to be very thoughtful about how we live, or else we will consume the earth like mold on bread. In keeping with the mold analogy; mold needs to have enough resources available to produce spores that jettison into space attempting to recolonize, if we use all our resources here on earth before we successfully recolonize another world, we are screwed. Just saying.

Kristin Marshall
Kristin Marshall

I can't believe how many people think their shit doesn't stink because they are natives. Get over yourselves. The rest of the population here are very nice, cool people.

Patty Leidy
Patty Leidy

annoyed..I"m being pushed out by raising rents,crowded streets, annoying conservative idiots.....

Kent Peterson
Kent Peterson

Might be good for my soul to relocate to a different place.

Maggie May
Maggie May

I've been here nine months, I've found everyone very welcoming. You natives had to know making weed legal was going to cause a boom. We looked at Washington as well, way more expensive. I love it here! If the rest of the country would get their shit together about MMJ/ legal weed, it would slow down. We are currently underway with the largest increase in public transportation in the country.

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